Last fall the homeschool Cub Scouts in my son’s pack decorated a bunch of pillows and sent them off to soldiers in Iraq. Before the pillows were shipped one of the pack leaders put the pack number and address on all the pillows. And at the annual Blue & Gold Banquet a couple of weeks ago, that same leader had this letter to share with the scouts and the parents:
Dear Pack 3311,
I want to let you know that I was given a pillow here in Iraq with your address. This pillow is decorated with the American flag and I now use this pillow every night. Each night when I lay my head on this pillow and I read what you wrote and see the American flag, I am reminded why we are here in Iraq fighting this war. We are here for people like you, our future.
We are here to defend our way of life against those who do not like America and all we stand for. Be thankful for all you have as we are thankful here for all your support. There are many throughout the world who do not have the many things we do.
Thank-you again for your support and prayers. God bless. Please feel free to write back.
Captain, United States Marine Corps
I’ve said before that our men and women uniform are America’s finest ambassadors. This man is in harm’s way, away from his family and home to fight the good fight. He’s busy making the world a better place. And he took the time to write a pack of Cub Scouts to thank them for a pillow.
He’s proud of that American flag. He’s proud of what he’s doing. And he knows that the little guys are the future. And he wants those back home to know that he appreciates their support.
I’m proud of my son for helping with the pillow project. (See the update on this post for a Scout being a good American on the anniversary of a terrible day.) And I’m proud of our homeschool Cub Scout pack for doing a little to make our guys a bit more comfortable when they’re overseas.
UPDATE: Thanks to all who have linked, commented, and read. I’ve posted an update to this post here.