Sunday, December 23, 2007
Leucadians in Iraq on Christmas
The following letter was forwarded to me from community activist Dr. Lorri,
I can’t tell you where I am except somewhere in the Middle East. I wanted to write to let you know that I am OK. You asked me before I left why I wanted to be in the Corps. I told you my dad and his dad were in so I wanted to follow family tradition. I now know the real reason. Since I have been here, I realize that I am here to help people get the rights we already have in the U.S. They can’t speak freely without getting thrown into jail. They can’t criticize the government the way we can, without getting thrown into jail. Forget things like City Council meetings. I remember you told me once that we had a great opportunity in our community to speak out to the City Council if we didn’t like something. These people don’t have that. I never went to a City Council meeting when I was home, but I will when I get back. I won’t take our freedoms for granted ever again. I hope that is a better answer to your question than the one I gave you before.
name withheld on request