I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming.
But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,
“Terrorists never imagined that the 3,000 people who lost their lives that day would
inspire 3 million to put on the uniform and harden the resolve of 300 million Americans.”
~Vice President Joe Biden
Remembering is an act of resurrection, each repetition a vital layer of mourning,
in memory of those we are sure to meet again.
~Nancy Cobb, in "In Lieu of Flowers"~
AP Photo: Justin Lane of a dad that lost his son (Robert David Peraza).