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April 01, 2005

A nice surprise

In my speech in Boston last July, I talked about a young man I had met who had signed up to serve his country.

I said, "You know, a while back, I met a young man named Seamus in a V.F.W. Hall in East Moline, Illinois. He was a good-looking kid, six two, six three, clear eyed, with an easy smile. He told me he?d joined the Marines, and was heading to Iraq the following week. And as I listened to him explain why he?d enlisted, the absolute faith he had in our country and its leaders, his devotion to duty and service, I thought this young man was all that any of us might hope for in a child. But then I asked myself: Are we serving Shamus as well as he is serving us?"

Seamus came home from Iraq a few weeks ago and I got to see him yesterday for the first time since that speech at Black Hawk College. We emailed each other last year while he was in places like Fallujah but nothing beats seeing him back with his family, safely home from Iraq.

You can read two stories about our meeting here and here.

We all owe a special thanks to the many servicemembers who put their lives on hold so that we might live ours here in America.

Our prayers are with those who continue to serve in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world to protect our freedom.

Posted at 10:45 AM

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