President Bush honored the family of Staff Sergeant Dan Clay in his State of the Union Address. The President read part of a letter he left to his family right before he was killed in Fallujah. You can read the whole letter here. Here is part of what the letter said,
It is every mother's hope that she raise children who will live to make a difference in the world. It is even more striking for Dan Clay's mother who has the lasting memory of a son who made a difference in the world because he was willing to die.Duty is defined as a God given task. Without duty life is worthless. It holds no type of fulfillment. The simple fact that our bodies are built for work has to lead us to the conclusion that God (who made us) put us together to do His work. His work is different for each of us.
Be thankful that God in His wisdom gives us work. Mine was to ensure that you did not have to experience what it takes to protect what we have as a family. This I am so thankful for. I know what honor is. It is not a word to be thrown around. It has been an Honor to protect and serve all of you. I faced death with the secure knowledge that you would not have to. This is as close to Christ-like I can be. That emulation is where all honor lies. I thank you for making it worthwhile
Greater love hath no man than this that he is willing to lay down his life for his friend. John 15:13
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