I usually avoid politics and religion on my blog.
Lynne Sears Williams sent me this video, which was made by a friend of hers, featuring her son.
Whether you agree with what the young man has to say or not, and I don’t agree with everything, he paid the price to express his views.
He reminds me in many ways of Will. He wears his hair the same, the same mustache and beard. Of course, Will has to be clean shaven now because of the gas masks.
It makes me think of Will and cringe a bit inside. Their mission will be convoy security, which isn’t an easy job. He assures me their area is fairly calm with few attacks. I have prayed a shield of protection around him and the rest of the company. I have to trust God to care for them.
Will joined the Guards when he was seventeen. He was a junior in high school. He planned on becoming a marine, but he could join the Guards while he was still in school and have two years under his belt by the time he graduated. He planned on being career military.
When the recruiter came out to the house to talk to us, he made it very plain it wasn’t a matter of if he would deploy, but rather when. The normal rotation was once every seven years and since they had been called into active service to help in New York after 9-11, they probably wouldn’t be called up again for a while. His unit went to Iraq when Will was a senior. Since he was still in school and still had his AIT to finish, they didn’t call him up to finish the tour with them.
They leave again in November for another tour.
Will could have volunteered to go to Kosovo or several other places and it would have taken him out of the call to Iraq. He chose to stay with his unit and go to Iraq. He has a deep bond with the men and he believes in the mission. They’ve already been once. They know the dangers. They told him about the experiences. He isn’t some dewey-eyed child, dreaming of glory. Perhaps some of them are more adamant about their beliefs after witnessing the horror of the Towers.
So, while I support the right for everyone to believe and speak what they wish, I support my son and his mission even more.
This is the reason I am not engaging in the political debates. It’s the reason I avoid my favorite writing forum. It’s the reason I avoid a lot of blogs. The men and women who serve are who I support. Politics be damned.