The past three days have been a challenge for me and many others. Just this morning I shared with a father who lost his son, "Though three days ago I did not know you; I know you now. Our lives inextricably woven together by the passing or your son; the brother I never knew.“
Yet in this difficult time the tears I have shed for a father, mother, wife and child yet to be born have melted the hardiness that was beginning to form in my heart over the pain that I see in so many lives almost every day. I see the tears now as fuel for the fire that I will never stop doing what I am doing. I can't turn away from my calling though I have often thought to try. Therefore I honor those today who stand by my side in support of what we do as I stand by those who are hurting.
"Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” – Abraham Lincoln