Lea, I can understand how hard a day it is

We had the very sad experience, many years ago, of getting word that a dear friend of ours was MIA after a bombing attack overseas (the bombing of the US Embassy in Beirut). We held vigil at her family’s house for three days while they searched for survivors and victims, and worked to ID the survivors. This was pre-internet so answers didn’t come as quickly. When that knock came at the door, everyone in the house knew the search was over, and the result. I’ll remember that day forever. Glad you got the call, rather than the knock. And as odds would have it, today is the 30th anniversary of that Beirut event. Please tell your son that while political sentiments might change over time, a bunch of us thank him for his service and his sacrifice. Way too many of our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, husbands and wives never come home after an event like that. Glad your son did.