Saturday, January 14, 2006
I went to a fundraiser tonight. Beans & ham, cornbread and dessert. The dinner was sponsored by the family readiness group for C Battery, 1st Division of the 142nd Fires Brigade, based in Rogers and the brigade's headquarters in Harrison. The purpose of the fundraiser was to pay for a charter plane to bring soldiers home one last time before deploying to Iraq. The soldiers are training in Fort Dix, N.J. and will have 4 days off in March.
This is Douglas Farish, father of Spc. Jerry Farish. He is holding a framed poem (prayer) that was raffled off. Doug wrote the prayer before Thanksgiving. Doug said that the words just flowed as he wrote it. He carries the original poem in his wallet. He presented his son with a copy at Thanksgiving Day. On the back of this particular copy he has all the names of the soldiers in the company. He says if enough people are interested he'll produce more. I'm not able to post the poem here because it's copyrighted, but it you go here, and scroll to the bottom you'll see it. Also, while you're there, check out the pictures.
I add my prayers also, that the Lord would keep our soldiers safe. That they do their job with honor, pride and courage. We know that when tests and challenges come they will meet them head-on and show what an American soldier is.