August 22, 2004


In the post I wrote the day my husband deployed, I mentioned the Johnny Cash version of "I Won't Back Down" that's in a commercial we love. It seems we're not the only ones who like that song; you can hear it during this slideshow on the First Infantry Division webpage.

Posted by Sarah at August 22, 2004 09:48 PM

I'm now 52 plus change. Served in the US Navy over two decades ago. "Enjoyed" two WestPacs, leaving my wife behind. Didn't get to meed my elder son until he had been around for six months.

And yet.

And yet, when I read your blog about departure day, my heart was cut to the quick. All told, probably over 200,000 spouses have had to bear the pain and burden of saying, "goodbye" for this campaign in the greater war against the enemy. Like Ben Stein (OpinionJournal, 8/22), I thank you, each and every one. Your husband may indeed earn a medal; you too, Sarah, deserve one too, as do all spouses who wait.

Stay strong; your Lt. is depending on you. Keep the faith, and may God hold you in His loving hand.


Posted by: Jim Shawley at August 23, 2004 07:06 AM