Sunday, May 1, 2011

On the death of an enemy

4,451 members of the American military in Iraq 
and 1,457 in Afghanistan have died to get this point.

Remember them and their families.
Remember the injured. And their families.
Remember those we lost on September 11th.
Remember those who are still fighting today.

Though many are calling for the return of all of our deployed heroes, this fight is far from over. Those who will consider Osama Bin Laden a martyr will be trying even harder to strike back. Our nation must be on alert - as will our service members everywhere around the world. The deadly spring fighting has already begun - and promises to continue. Our heroes still need us.

Operation Write Home will remain vigilant, serving those who continue to stand guard for us, those who take the fight to the enemy. Those who fight so we don't have to. 

We have a million-card milestone in front of us. And a two-million milestone in front of that. In the words of a military family, in a note that just came in a few days ago:
"I want to thank you for the beautiful cards I have been receiving from my husband, who is currently deployed in Iraq for a year. The cards are absolutely beautiful and they brighten my day. Being apart for so long can be hard but the little things, like hand made cards, help keep us connected. I save all the cards and I reread them on the hard days, they bring joy back into the difficult moments. Thank you again for all you are doing to support us here at home while we wait for our soldiers to return."
So keep focused. Keep creating. Keep spreading the word to all the cardmakers you know. We have heroes in harm's way who need us.

Sandy Allnock,
President, Operation Write Home


Unknown said...

Simply eloquent...and so true. Though we would love for the troops to come home, it isn't over and they still need us and what we we need to keep on keepin' on! Until they can all come home and there is peace....Leslie

Cut n Paste said...

Well said! The battle is not over yet and we need to be there for those who are still fighting for us!

Lori said...

God Bless America and all of those who serve our country with such courage and commitment. They and their families have been through so much so we should continue to do what we can to support them.

Lisa Oliver said...

Thank you for this reminder! We want the end of this man to be the end of the war but unfortunately it isn't. I strongly agree that this event, while monumental, will have the same results as pouring gasoline on an open fire. We must be even more diligent in our prayers and support of our military. Thank you OWH for giving us a way to make a difference in the lives of so many heroes and their families.

Anonymous said...

You are so right Sandy ... now is the time for all of us to be vigilant in our service to those who serve us, as well as in prayer for strength, endurance and safety for our service members and their families. "Until they all come home."

Unknown said...

I feel their will always be a need for cards. Troops will always be deployed somewhere and away from family. If not for war, for just being stationed overseas.

They will always need cards!

TK said...

Well said, Sandy. Amen.

Beth L. said...

As an Army Mom who's son is being deployed in June to Afghanistan, thank you for your comments. I agree with Lisa that this may mean even more trouble. I know I appreciate all the prayers and giving from this group and I am proud to be a part of it.