A California mother whose son is right now in Kuwait,
wrote her son asking how he would feel if she joined
other relatives of service members in an anti-war
demonstration in Hollywood last month. After reading her
she elected not to participate.
The following is her son's response as it was printed in
the Las Vegas Review Journal.
It's really your decision to march if you want to or not.
You are the one who
has to decide if what we are doing out here is right or not. My opinion
I do, however, have things I would like for you and Grandma and everyone
else at home to know.
I am a United States soldier. I was sworn to defend my
country against all
enemies, foreign and domestic. People may not agree with the things
ordered to do. I would like to address those people by telling them
terrorism is not only a threat to us as Americans, but to many other
people in the world.
What type of country would we be if we didn't defend the
rights and freedoms
of others, not because they're Americans, but how about just because
We live in a country where people feel secure with their
daily lives. They do
business like usual and don't worry about the thought of terrorism
happening to them.
The people of 9-11 thought the same thing. We now know
that it can happen
to anyone at any time.
Yet as Americans we're afraid of losing our soldiers to
defend our security. I can
only speak for myself when I say that my life is an easy expense to
ensure that my
family and friends can live in peace.
I strongly believe in what we are doing and wish you were
here to see for
yourselves the honor and privilege that American soldiers aboard this
feeling, knowing that we are going to be a part of something so strong
meaningful to the safety of our loved ones. Then you would know what
potential war is about.
We will stand tall in front of terrorism and defeat it.
We as soldiers are not afraid
of what may happen. We are only afraid of Americans not being able
understand why we are here.
I ask for your courage as Americans to be strong for us;
I ask for your
understanding in what we believe is right. I ask for your support in
what we are
sworn to do: defend our country and the life of all.
We will succeed in our task and will end the threat of
terrorism in our back yard.
We will also end the threat of terrorism in our neighbors'.
We have to remind ourselves of what this country stands
for: life, liberty and
justice for all. In order to maintain those rights we have to stop
the threat of
I am proud to be here. I will be coming home, but not until
I know that it's going
to be safe for all Americans and for everyone I love.
My family is first. My country is where they live. I will
Lonnie J. Lewis
C Co. 1/4 WPN PLT
FPO AP 966139726
P.S. Mom, please send this to everyone who has a hard time understanding
why we are here. Ask the paper to put what I've said in a column so
others will know why we are here and what we are here for.
I love you all and will be home soon. I left my address so that if anyone
like writing to let me know how they feel, they can.