Hi Sondra,

My wife and I live in southwest Ohio, the Tri-state because of the proximity of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. In early August of this year we were all shocked when an Ohio Marine reserve unit took a large number of casualties. It was especially hard because five area Marines were killed when their transport hit an IED.

We were on our way out one Saturday evening when our doorbell rang. We’re new to the area and were saddened to find out one of our neighbors was the mother of one of the Marines and there was a collection. This is Southeast Indiana, lotsa flags and W stickers on pick ups. Of course we contributed and remembered the young man in our prayers.


Fast forward a couple weeks....

Tonight at dinner our bell rang again, and at our door was the mother of the young Marine, with her youngest in a wagon. Apparently she was walking the neighborhood personally delivering thank you cards. She gave us a beautiful statue of liberty Christmas ornament. And ask us to remember her son over the holidays - it took a second to realize this because she and my wife were choking up so bad.

I will respect her privacy and not share her name.....but I just wanted to say what a total class act this was. It would have been easy to post a note at the corner store, but to personally thank each of us, and in turn, face her grief at every stop is one of the bravest things I have ever witnessed.

The ornament will be a somber reminder of how lucky we are that so few are willing to sacrifice for so many.

**e-mail from anonymous until I receive permission to print his name

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