Hope for us all - An open letter from one who is serving
A California mother whose son is right now in Kuwait poised to knock Saddam's block off, 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 son's response, she elected
not to participate.
Thursday, 20 March 2003, at 2:11 p.m.
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 is not yours. 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 we are ordered
to do. I would like to address those people by telling them that terrorism is not only a threat
to us as Americans, but to many other innocent 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 they're human? 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
actually 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
ship are feeling, knowing that we are going to be a part of something so strong and so
meaningful to the safety of our loved ones. Then you would know what this 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 to 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 terrorism.
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 defend it
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 that 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
feels like writing to let me know how they feel, they can.