The day of the deployed brings tears to my eyes just thinking about my own experiences as my young son, dressed in his uniform, hugged me as he boarded the plane for Iraq. I can’t relive that moment without feeling the emotion it evoked.
That same emotion was revealed through the letters in Football Flyboy as we get to see Maryjo and Buster saying goodbye as he climbed into the pilot seat of a C-46 for parts unknown during WW2.
Recently I was privy to John Milton Cannon’s letters during the Civil war. His deployment ended with him dying in a prisoner of war camp leaving his wife Malinda and eight children behind.
I was a teen when my cousin Rick was deployed to Vietnam and vividly remember our sorrow as he left. One of the youngest cousins asked, “Is Rick dead?” because we were all so sad.
Today my heart goes out to all of the families with deployed loved ones. Thank you for being strong in the face of uncertainty as you send them off to defend my freedom. I will never take for granted what was sacrificed for me to live in a free country.