Pfc Shane M. Reifert

Pfc Shane M. Reifert
Shane during a sweep of the Shuryak Valley, approximately 3 weeks before he was killed. Photo Credit: PFC Sean Stromback

Monday, November 15, 2010

Everything suddenly seems very real and I want to crawl into bed for 100 years and wake up as a new person.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, the power of words.

    Beth, your ability to convey to so many others what heroism is all about is like a kernel of corn that has been stepped upon in some Cornfield and transported into other fields. Due to you, that kernel has had the opportunity to flourish in ways unknown to those that prefer stagnant, prepared, cheap corn.

    Your integrity, sincerity, and passionate feelings with regard to this most devastating and unfortunate fact of life have opened the doors to many heartless individuals that preach one thing but mean another. Their words are transparent, yours are not. Those with clear heads, minds, and consciences recognize the value and depth of your words. Your words, with timeless values and reminiscences speak volumes—form letters are nothing more than miniscule efforts, trying to usurp the advantage such heroes as your brother and others have ultimately proclaimed.

    It’s sad that there are some out there who feel the need to ruin all that is good; God, Shane and his magnanimous gift, your family’s time to not pre-judge, (rather accept a set of dealt cards); Americans that have the good fortune to speak the English language freely (supported and protected by an elected government), and able choose personal lifestyles-- because Shane and his compatriots knew it was the right thing to do. Indeed, so many more than you know are honored and privileged to live in the United States of America--served, protected, and thankful to such noble families as the Reiferts.

    In a World where so much seems to be going away (like Faith and values and heroes and family and Country and pride and prejudice and Shane)—it’s really not. It’s just a matter of time before that cornfield you so eloquently shared on your blog sees the kernel—

    Oh, the power of words.

    In Faith, Love, Gratitude, and Confidence,
    The Brodericks