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On behalf of the President of the United States and a Grateful nation

April 5, 2006

happy-fourth-of-july_animated flag…I present you this flag in recognition of your husband’s heroic service to our country. Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your husband, a soldier of the United States of America. And as I think back on it, it is an honor that the President was George W. Bush, not the current president. These powerful and moving words were spoken at my Dad’s internment when the Veteran’s Administration gave an American flag to my Mom. Those who know me know I bleed Red, White and Blue, so this is particularly meaningful to me. Having faith in God and belief in where Dad went and why, I grieved at losing him, but I took comfort in his new happiness. I’d like to publicly thank everyone who was kind enough either via this blog, email or other forms of communication to offer their condolences to my family and me on the loss of my father. Almost to a person, each boldly offered thoughts and prayers, which for me was quite comforting and heartfelt in these PC days. For the record, it was as tough a thing to go through as any I’ve faced. In closing, here is the letter he received from Harry Truman for his service in WWII. “To you who answered the call of your country and served in its Armed Forces to bring about the total defeat of the enemy, I extend the heartfelt thanks of a grateful nation. As on of the nation’s finest, you undertook the most severe task one can be called upon to perform. Because you demonstrated the fortitude, resourcefulness and calm judgment necessary to carry out that task we look to you for leadership and example in further exalting our country at peace.”

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6 Comments
  1. I would like to extend my thanks on behalf of London, and its inhabitants, for all your dad did for the war effort. Doodlebugs were the original “weapon of mass destruction” designed to strike fear into the heart of Londoners. We didn’t fold.
    http://deladequacy.blogspot.com/2005/08/my-dads-contribution-to-wwii.html

    way to go john’s dad. it seems you lived life as a man in full. thanks.

  2. Thanks James, very kind words

  3. Anonymous permalink

    I love you John and I’m glad to hear it all went smoothly.

  4. Danielle permalink

    oops…ananymous is ME

  5. Danielle permalink

    correction…anonymous

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