Comments: 13 NOV 2004

Don't forget to add Bunker Hill to that list of signature battle-sites. Our military is older than the nation it serves because it was our military that fought, bled and died to make America a free nation.

Posted by Eric at November 13, 2005 03:50 PM

Sarah,
Thank you for such an eloquent post. It made me shed some tears for Heidi and all those who have lost their husbands and fathers. We do take life for granted so much of the time, but as one grows older and experiences more, one begins to realize the real priorities and sacrifices in life. With your blog, Sarah, if you can make a difference in even one person's life, you have succeeded. I hope you continue to blog for a very long time. I love you so much and am thankful God has blessed me with such a wonderful daughter. I thought of Heidi yesterday, and my prayers are with her and Colin at this time. God bless all of those who have paid the price for our freedom.
Love, Mama

Posted by Nancy at November 13, 2005 04:14 PM

Sarah,
That is so well said. It made me angry in the Vietnam era when the troops were treated so badly and they fought and died for the same freedoms. Million died because we pulled out then and the troops were not welcomed when they came home, that is the stain on our history, not the war, but how ugly the troops were treated. God bless them all.
Ruth

Posted by Ruth H at November 13, 2005 05:33 PM

Okay, so I have started reading this but I am crying too much to finish . . . will have to give me a day or two to read the entire post . . .

Posted by Heidi at November 14, 2005 03:59 AM

Growth, maturity, wisdom....all come at a cost. Sometimes the cost is high. God bless.

Posted by Pamela at November 14, 2005 06:43 PM

Sarah,

Great posting, as usual. But one thing to note, however, is that the majority of this country is not committed to sacrificing their sons and daughters to free people in distant lands. Haven't been for the past 30 years or so.

In theory, most would say yes, but when push comes to shove, we're not.

We have elections every two years, electing a new executive every four. Our policy in Iraq in February of 2007 could be "cut and run", if trends continue. The president may want to keep people there, but like in Vietnam, Congress needs only to cut off the money and today's defeated enemy can become tomorrows victor.

This nation is committed to our own freedom, I'm quite sure. But we are NOT committed to anyone else's. We probably should be, but barring a massive cultural revolution, we're not.

Posted by Sean at November 15, 2005 12:26 AM

Heidi,

I have no words that are able to express what I feel in my heart so I'll just say Thank You and hope you know what it is I'm trying to convey.

Sarah,

thank you for an excellent post.

Posted by Tink at November 15, 2005 09:59 PM

Thank you, Sarah. You could not have said it more perfectly.
It was hard to know what to say to someone you only in passing and a few Friday night dinners. My thoughts are with Heidi and Colin all the time. I am sending her this note through your post. I hope she reads it.

Posted by Jennifer at November 16, 2005 06:14 PM

Ladies,

I thank you for loving the military men in your lives. I thank you for shouldering the burdens of a life so difficult in nature, so lonely in its lingering moments, so unappreciated by so many, yet so wonderful and delightful at its best. You deserve so much more than our country will ever give you. Your husbands must recognize how much you did for them and your families and how much they needed your support.

And for Mrs. Sims, you must recognize that what you have lost can never be replaced by your country, but in its place, please accept our undying affection and love for you and his children, as befits a brave man who served his country and was lost to her and to you.

We will never be able to adequately explain how much we needed your husband. In fact we needed him so much, that we had to take him from you, not on our design, but because of his choice to offer himself to us. I pray the Lord will ease your grief in time, and bring you happiness and solace once again, as soon as you can bear it. America is grateful, even when you don't hear it from the public voices of the press.

God bless you both, ladies, and all the ladies who choose to marry a warrior, for better or worse. For surely, there is no one who deserves the Love and Honors of America than one who has given her best Love to her country's service and survival. Thank you, both.

We shall honor them all. Press on to Victory.

Subsunk

Posted by Subsunk at November 18, 2005 06:36 AM

Wow.. I was just about to delete your blog from my links as I have no idea what it's doing there.. but I happened to see this picture.

Patrick went to my high school.. and my roommate as well as a great deal of my friends and teachers attended his funeral.

I am very sorry for Heidi's loss. I know that there are a great deal of people who miss him. I have heard nothing but amazing things about him.. and how it never should have been him. He was too good of a guy to go and we needed him here desperately.

It's a small world in the military. You never know who you'll come across or meet. I didn't know Sean, but I know that SAHSians everywhere were notified of his death and that there was an outpouring of sympathy, sadness, and condolences. I couldn't attend as I had my own training, but I did take an hour to honor him on the day of his funeral.

We never take it likely when a miltary dependant school kid makes the ultimate sacrifice for their country. There aren't words enough... Just know that there were thousands of Sahsians praying for you and your family Heidi... and he is still thought of today.. by those who adored him.

Sincerely,
Phoenix

Posted by Army Girl at November 19, 2005 10:16 PM