Yesterday, Nik and I had the privilege of being a part of the send off for the Delaware Army National Guard’s 261st Signal Brigade. My personal beliefs about the war in Iraq were set aside in honor and respect of the 115 men and women who volunteered to serve our country. They do not choose their assignments, they merely go where they are ordered to go. Many have served multiple tours of duty already in this war.
They are all someone’s mother, father, sister, brother, son or daughter; they all leave behind loved ones to cope with their absence, to live with the worry and fear of a dreaded phone call or visit from somber faced officials at their door.
I respect and appreciate the sacrifices these men and women are making and was glad to be able to be there to tell them.
Oh, yes, this is the same unit in which Senator Biden’s son, Beau, is a captain. The Senator was there, as he has been for many other troop deployments from our state, but this time in a dual capacity. He was eloquent, inspiring, and gracious. The man is class personified in my eyes.
Enjoy the brief show…there’s a big surprise at the end!