I have been reading with interest your editorials on the return of the 1140th Engineer Battalion of the National Guard. By the time you read this they will have already arrived, and I know how relieved all are that these fine individuals have returned home, safely. Sitting at my computer last night, I had a difficult time even remembering where the armory was located. While there in Sikeston, I never thought much about it, as I knew that building or any like it would never affect me.
First, how God has blessed Sikeston to have all from the unit return. This means that all of the tears shed today will be tears of joy and happiness on everyone's safe return. No wife, husband, or parent will have to endure the pain of his or her loved one not returning.
On Christmas Day, my son left for Iraq. He, too, just as all of the others, is part of the nation's Civilian Soldier Forces. I write this letter, after such a long absence, to say that I fondly remember Sikeston, as do my son, Tom and my daughter Colleen. Their childhood was marvelous growing up in that wonderful little community.
Today, I write to ask that each of you continue your prayers for the soldiers who remain in Iraq. Unfortunately, the 2/114th FA 155th BCT, has lost four young men since Feb. 1. We pray that we will lose no more.
Mike, we not only need to pray for our soldiers' physical safety, but also for the mental well being of their commanding officers, ensuring they make exact, informed decisions to keep the soldiers as far from harm's way as possible.
To the families and the soldiers of the 1140th Engineer Battalion, I say, God bless. Welcome home, and may all your remaining days, and may they be many, be bright and blessed.
Freedom Is NOT Free
God Bless Our Troops
Proud mother of Capt. Tom Crosby