Monday, March 30, 2009

Thanks, bud

You taught us so much.

“Take care of my guys”.

Petey, we have had 4/2 Stryker Cavalry Regiment surrounded by your love for 16 months. We have had Gage in our/your care since he has been at Walter Reed. He is home now.

Because of you, we have been able to send 4 tons of care packages to men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. The simple stuff, like you told us. The stuff they miss from home.

Beyond Palehorse troop, there was a store opened in your name in the Green Zone in Baghdad. Less than a mile from where you were killed. Friends and neighbors from around the world sent money and love to supply a store where fellow soldiers could shop for free.

“Your guys” meant 17 men to you. Your wish to help has now reached thousands of soldiers.

“I want to foment change in this world”.

Well, that is happening too. We are sending school supplies into Iraq to make friends with the kids, just like you and your buds did. And, soccer balls. By the thousands.

By your presence there and the thousands like you, the people of Iraq will know that Americans care. That we wish them freedom from oppression, freedom from poverty, freedom to live as best as they can.

Thanks for leading from the front.

We will follow you.

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