|Forum topic by firecaster||posted 05-25-2009 02:51 PM||870 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
05-25-2009 02:51 PM
We don’t always remember the sacrifice of the families though. My mother’s oldest brother died on Iwo Jima in 1945. He was 19 years old. 4th Marine Division. I have the 48 star flag that was on his casket and the letter he wrote home from Iwo. After just reading Flags of our Fathers the letter sent chills up my spine to realize what he experianced.
It took two years to get his body back. We didn’t leave men on enemy soil. Which Iwo was. My grandparents were farmers and needed their son’s help. Besides that, though, was the horror of losing a child. They never got over it. 50 years later I saw my granny start crying looking at a picture of him in his dress blues.
Families suffer during a war and forever after. Sacrifices may be required at times but we should never forget that families of the service men and women gave to us also.
-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.