23 Dec

We got to pick up my brother yesterday.  It was really good to see him.  He looks so cute in his desert cammo.  The ceremony was okay.  It was so sad to see so many people out on the field who are about to see their families for the last time before they go to war.  Our governor was one of the speakers, and I was highly unimpressed.  Everytime he said what battalion they were, he said it wrong.  His whole speech just seemed kind of fake, especially when he was talking about how all of their transportation is armored, even though most of the of them just have a very low level armor.  Anyway, enough complaining.

My mom, my sister, Tayler, and I all got a picture taken with a three star general by a two star general.  It was really neat.  They just came up to us and started talking.  He gave Tayler one of his coins and told him that everyone he has given a coin to has come back home safely.  I don’t know if it’s true, but it’s a nice thought.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, these sorts of things don’t happen very often.  My brother is only a private first class, which is only the second highest rank.  I think the highest rank is either a four star or five star general.  My little bro felt really special.

The whole thing was a little sad.  There were so many kids there.  I also saw one soldier who had a pregnant wife with him.  One of Tayler’s friend’s little four year old boy asked his dad if he was going to forget about him.  It was just really sad.  Please pray for our boys and their families.  The closer the day gets, the more it hits home and feels real.  They all have to be back at camp Shelby on Jan. 2 and will be shipping out to Iraq shortly after that.  At least they get to be home for Christmas, well most of them.  There are still about 500 soldiers being held at camp Shelby because some of their equipment is missing.  Hopefully, the person responsible will come clean so these men can come home to see their families.  I can’t imagine what they are all going through.  Tayler’s group was held at camp for about four extra hours, and that nearly drove us crazy.  I can’t imagine him being held there for several days.  I just hope they all get home before Christmas.


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  1. Anonymous Friday, December 24, 2004 at 3:29 am #

    yeah sadly when one becomes a politician of high rank such as that, they lose their feelings and emotions and just read what someone else writes for them, your answer is five star i sthe highest and exteremely rare… i’ll be praying for your bro and the rest of the troops here in the Burg…

  2. thatcrazyasian Saturday, December 25, 2004 at 2:47 pm #

    it is hitting home pretty hard, especially for people like you who have immediate family going to iraq.  i’ve been writing letters to some friends who are at camp shelby right now, and even though they are just friends it breaks my heart sometimes to think of them out there, eventually going to war.  the boys and all the families, people like you, have all my love and prayers. 

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