Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Thank you for your service to our country.

This Memorial Day, I would like to relate a letter from President Abraham Lincoln to a Mrs. Bigsby on Nov. 21, 1864, who lost her sons in the American Civil war. This is a sentiment that I would like to express to all the mothers and fathers that have lost their sons and daughters in the War on Terror and past wars. To all of America's warriors: Thank you for your service to our country.

"Dear Madam,

"I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.

"I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.

"I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

"Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

"A. Lincoln"

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