This week marks the end of the Iraq War. Californians are reflecting on what the end of the war means to them, and the thanks they’re giving to have our troops back home.
Charles, a Los Angeles resident and father of Marine, shared this with us:
“My story is not about me, it’s about my son. My son recently enlisted into the Marines. So, I would like to thanks all the many brave soldier who never hesitate when asked to serve their country.What a comfort it is to know that there are many young men and women who will always value their country enough to stand ready to put their lives on the line.”
John S., whose brother served and is from San Diego, ran into some obstacles getting to the homecoming ceremony, rolling his car in the snow. But eventually he made it, and had this to say:
“The joy I felt when I found out my brother would be home early can't be written. I left San Diego Friday December 2, 2011 to go to Colorado Springs to be there when my brother arrived home on December 4. On the morning of December 3 while driving on I-70, I hit a patch of ice and rolled my Jeep twice. When I got out of the Jeep, my only concern was how I was going to get to Colorado Springs to see my brother's homecoming. After getting a rental I made it in time. The joy and pride I felt in that gym when they arrived is more then I can describe.”
Laurie O, a military mom from San Mateo shared:
“My son is in Officer Basic Training for the Army Engineers. I am so glad that I don't need to fear him being sent to combat in Iraq. My heart is just a little lighter this Christmas because of that. Thank you so much! The end of the war is one of the many reasons that I am working to make sure you get re-elected, Mr President!”
Richard O. is a Vietnam veteran who resides in San Francisco, thankful for the safe return of troops:
“I send my special thanks and gratitude to President Obama for his leadership in removing us from Iraq.”
Leslie K.’s son-in-law is a veteran, and at a recent gathering at Vet’s Memorial Park in Sonoma, something exciting happened:
“My son-in-law returned some time ago after two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. At the park, Vets were asked to raise their hands and acknowledge their presence, my daughter insisted he raise his hand, too. He did reluctantly and he was greeted very warmly and told he was a hero. Thank you.”Are you a Veteran or part of a military family? Share your story here and you might see it on our blog.