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February 1, 2006

Mother disgraces son's memory/legacy

There, I said it. I understand that when grieving the death of a person, there are many ways to "act out", but Cindy Sheehan has taken it too far. Disregarding the fact that she doesn't agree with the war, her actions "on behalf of her son" is actually disgracing his memory.

Specialist Casey Sheehan, U.S. Army, first enlisted in May 2000. He re-enlisted in August 2003, at the age of 24. Casey was killed in action on April 4, 2004, just five days after his arrival in Sadr City, Iraq, during the Iraq occupation. Casey had volunteered for a rescue mission in which he and several others were killed. Casey was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

The above description of Spc. Sheehan describes a hero, who willing served his country. Not only did he enlist, but re-enlisted, no doubt because he believed in the cause. Whether he believed in the duty of American to eradicate terrorists so other families do not have to live the horrors of Sept. 11 or that Americans' have freedom only because of the blood of our forefathers and that in itself is worth preserving, the actions of his mother essentially say that "my son was stupid in his choice to serve his country." The freedoms that her son gave his life for enabled her to make a mockery of his service and the service of those whose lives he saved.

Sheehan once said that she "didn't know [Casey] joined the military until he phoned me and told me." She has stated that she has "always been a Democrat," and had initially questioned the urgency of the invasion of Iraq, but did not become active in the anti-war effort until after her son's death. So by her own words, the fight to stop the war was not important enough until she lost her own so. So is her cause really to stop the war or a retaliation because her son, an adult, made his own choices and lost his life serving his country?

As the spouse of a United States Soldier, I too face the fear that one day he will be gone without me ever having a chance to say goodbye, but I am proud of him, his choices and his strength to stand tall alongside his fellow service members and say "we fight for your freedom to speak your mind."

Isn't it ironic that it is the very people that she is against, honor her son's memory most by ensuring that his death was not in vain?

CNN:Sheehan arrested in House gallery

3 Tea Party Guest:

Kelly'sEffeminateAngel said...

You are totally right there hun. I agree. it is sad how people can get so involved in their own emotions tht they fail to think clearly and act appropriately...i seriously doubt that her son would be happy to see her causing such a fuss over something he, in fact, chose to do and he chose to do it with honor and pride and bravery and all the things that come along with being a soldier, fighting to preserve his countries rights and freedoms.
How are things going in your life? How is your husband? I haven't stopped by in so long, I am lost at every blog I used to visit. lol. Guess I will have to do some serious reading. Hope you are staying busy and keeping your spirits up, up, up! I know how hard that can get sometimes. If you ever need some advice or just someone to listen, don't hesitate to stop by and drop me a line!! Big hugs!!!

Greg said...

I cannot comment on this in public...... but I will say UP HERS

KarenWY said...

Hey Michelle,
First paragraph summed it up. Your words are right on, girl! It's an excellent article.

I thank God every day for our soldiers who serve so valiantly to keep our country free and safe. Anyone who digraces the service of an American soldier is abhorant. A mother, and I use the term loosely, who dishonors her son in the manner of Cindy Sheehan is beyond abhorant.

Looking forward to getting to know you better, Michelle. ; )