To my cousin,
Remembering An American Hero
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
Throughout the years your memory has been in my head. As I visited my mothers grave today, I looked at the Vietnam Memorial. I fondly thought of those neighborhood days of running around and the day you stepped on a nail and my father pulled the board out of your foot. He is 90 years old and he still remembers the sad day we lost one of our own.
Butch, you've not been forgotten by your family
Your untimely departure from this world has left a void in the lives of many. We pray for you and all U.S. veterans who paid the ultimate price for our freedom to live peaceably in this world, and we look forward to seeing you in the next life.