Friday, March 20, 2009

Support Our Troops Day!

Some 0f us sent our beloved sons off to Fort Benning for Boot Camp,
sons who had CHOSEN the Infantry...
I am proud to say that my son is in 1st Cavalry
serving our Nation in Iraq.

I give to you my Son; I held him as an infant, I hugged him as a boy,
and through the years he has become my greatest pride and joy.
I love him more than I can say, his life more precious than my own,
but gone are whims and notions of the little boy I had known.
For the years have passed so quickly since the time it all began
and now he stands before me with the convictions of a man.
He wants to serve his country, he states aloud with pride
as I try to sort out emotions that I'm feeling deep inside...
a union of uncertain fear, which I cannot control
and the alliance which lies deep within my patriotic soul.
I trust that my years of guidance will serve as a strong foundation
as he performs the duties requested from his beloved nation.
God please guide him as he travels to the places our soldiers have bled
and walk with him through pathways where those hero's feet have tread.
Oh Sweet Land of Liberty, humbly I give to you my son
praying you'll return him safely home when his work for you is done.
Author Unknown

How to

This is a great site to get information: Any Soldier
Be sure to click on the tabs for what and where to send.
Here is another site to get an idea of items that are needed:
Treat Any Soldier
Items that my soldier has requested are:

Canned air (for cleaning guns)
Old fashioned shaving brushes (for cleaning guns)

Tinactin powder or spray (feet are a priority for a soldier)

Toothpaste and toothbrushes, shaving gel
Powered protein, beef jerky, canned sardines
Cookies, hard candies
Otter Pops for the summer!

The U.S. Post Office will provide a flat rate shipping box for free when you ship to an APO address. You can fill it to your heart's content for a mere $11.00

Please know this is true:
When you thank a soldier, it goes straight to his heart.
One sincere Thank You helps make up for all they sacrifice.
If you see a soldier in uniform, take a minute to say thank you.
Buy him a cup of coffee.
Buy his lunch.
Give him a hug.

Thank You
**blows patriotic kisses**
Please visit my friend, and the sponsor of the this honorable event,
for a list of other bloggers supporting this event.


Lisa Kettell said...

This is one of the most beautiful posts I've read in awhile, Thank You for sharing it with us all!

Patriotic hugs right back!

Magic and Joy!

Just A Girl said...

Hi Deborah,
I saw your first post about your son and meant to leave a comment but wasn't sure what to say. I would imagine that your heart is torn in pieces. Pieces of pride for the little boy you raised who became a man who wants to protect this great country of ours and other pieces of fear, anxiety, and the knowledge that you're unable to protect him from his circumstances.
I'm thankful that there are still young people who believe in this nation and I'm thankful for your son. I'm thankful to have a face that I can see when I pray for him and you. And I will pray!!!

xoxo Cori

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

what a beautiful post...and beautiful, honorable son. Thank him...and thank you.

With true respect,

Tristan Robin said...

wonderful post - than your son from those of us who appreciate his efforts to protect and serve our country!

Mrs. Charlotte said...

Thank you for this beautiful post. May God watch over your beloved son and God Bless you and your family.

Mrs. Charlotte said...

I think I am going to cry...

I am going to get my flat rate box and fill it to the brim!!!!

Oh my goodness.... I think about them all the time-but your son is the closest I know anyone in Iraq... I am going to contnue to pray my heart out, that they stay safe... All of them.. xoxoxo

Kjohnson said...

Oh Deborah, I am so looking forward to seeing you. Maybe one day I will be able to shake Ryan's hand and thank him for the choices he's made. I am listening to my husband exercise his freedom of speech on the telephone right now, and we have young men and women like Ryan to thank for his ability to do so.