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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

To the Grateful, and Particularly the Ungrateful

We received this email this morning. It speaks for itself eloquently.

Dear PFA Supporter,

When my son, Michael, left for Iraq, America was united in our determination to defeat the terrorists. We all supported the mission.

Sadly, some Americans - fueled by a steady diet of media negativism - seem to have lost our resolve.

Michael died on January 24, 2005 fighting for a cause he believed in. I know for a fact that he believed the cause was honorable because he told me so when he wrote a personal credo that explained,

"I want to carve out a niche for myself in the history books. I want to be remembered for the things I accomplished. I sometimes dream of being a soldier in a war. In this war I am helping to liberate people from oppression. In the end there is a big parade and a monument to immortalize us in stone. Other times I envision being a man you see out of the corner of your eye, dressed in black fatigues, entering a building full of terrorists. After everything is completed I slip out the back only to repeat this the next time that I am called. I might not be remembered in that scenario, but I will have helped people."

The mainstream media may have lost faith in the mission, but I haven't forgotten that Michael - who's friends called him Shrek - died to "liberate people from oppression."

I am hopeful that the media will use Iraqi Liberation Day on April 9th to remember all of the good things Michael and our troops have done in Iraq. You can also help going to and signing a letter encouraging the media to remember this historic milestone.

I believe that if enough of us join together and speak out we can make sure that our servicemen and women abroad today know just how much we support them and their mission. Please visit and forward this letter to your friends; April 9th is just around the corner, so please act now.


Merrilee Carlson, Shrek's Mom

Gold Star Mother and Chair of Minnesota Families United

St. Paul, Minnesota


  • At Wed Apr 05, 07:29:00 PM PDT, Blogger Always On Watch said…

    I expect that the media won't make much of April 9.

    But I recall the exhilaration I felt when that statue fell. At the time, my class was reading T.S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men." The drew many parallels with that statue, of course.

  • At Thu Apr 06, 02:18:00 PM PDT, Blogger nhbean82 said…

    All families and citizens should be proud of the great feet our military has taken on and the great things they are accomplishing in the Middle East. Although they still face great challenges to come they will not faultier. They are poised with resolve which is what makes them the best in the world. Let’s hope the MSM acknowledges their great sacrifices and accomplishments on Sunday April 11th.

  • At Thu Apr 06, 02:57:00 PM PDT, Blogger BxrGirl said…

    I too do not believe MSM will make much of April 9. If they do, you can bet it will be something completely negative, which is really a shame and so disrespectful to our troops. I do want to add my thanks to you for your posting. It is the sacrifice and love of country of people like your son that allows us to live with the freedoms we have and spread them to countries like Iraq. God bless you and your family!

  • At Thu Apr 06, 03:03:00 PM PDT, Blogger Armand said…

    The mainstream media would rather celebrate Ms. Couric than the fall of the statue; would rather glorify one of their own than the brave men and women who are facing evil and defeating it. Let the rest of us remember, not only on Iraqi Liberation Day, April 9, but every day, how much we owe to so many of our young people. They do us proud.

  • At Thu Apr 06, 05:04:00 PM PDT, Blogger George Mason said…

    AOW: I love the "hollow man" parallel. Terrific integration for those kids with the world. Alas, I think you are right about our fourth estate. Doesn't that old French name fit them better than "free press"? It is reason, rights, capitalism and freedom, with its economic hyperdynamo that made it possible for these white-collar sidewinders even to have a job. Talk about biting the hand.

    In any case, this is a start, and what makes it so great is that it started by the "rabble" like us.

    To Bxrgirl: Your sentiments are so "right on." In case there is any confusion, we did not originate this email. The dead soldier's mother did. We support, but we cannot take from her any more than she has already lost by claiming anything but reprint credit.

    To Armand: They do, and you do, since you feel that way, and that is a set of deep feelings. Thank you.

  • At Wed Apr 12, 09:57:00 AM PDT, Blogger Alise said…

    And you were right - not much was made of Liberation Day, but the good news is that on blog sites across the web people are posting their feelings and their stories adn their support. Thank you to Mrs. Carlson for writing such a poignant letter and for Sixth Column for reprinting it. It has become abundently clear to me that though the media may not cover it, there are a lot of Americans out there that support and pray for our troops and their families everyday. I am very proud to have these men and women representing me as a U.S. citizen in this nation of new hope and freedom. I wish that I had the courage and strength to be alongside them, but instead I will forever stand behind them in support of their mission and in appreciation of their sacrifice.

  • At Mon Apr 17, 10:02:00 AM PDT, Blogger George Mason said…


    I am tardy responding. Please accept my apologies.

    Your note cuts right to the heart of the matter. You do not need to be out front with them. They really need people like you to "stand behind them in support of their mission and in appreciation of their sacrifice." Knowing that you are there makes all the difference to them.

    Many, many thanks.

  • At Mon Jun 14, 01:25:00 AM PDT, Blogger 蔥爆牛肉Frank said…

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