Well, the moment has come to say goodbye to my son. He leaves for Army basic training on Monday. We are driving him to the hotel that evening, then he will leave on a plane the next day. This is a difficult time with all that is going on in the world right now.
Please add Michael to your prayer list.
This mom is having a hard time letting go. He packed things last night that he can have in AIT. It was hard seeing him pack up his stuff. We had to make sure he had everything he needed for basic.........birth certificate, drivers license, military I.D. (they gave him a temporary one), and toothbrush, comb, etc. He's ready......................I'm not.
Carole..I admire him for going to serve for our country..I know how you feel..our son left back during Desert Storm and he was in the Gulf on an aircraft carrier..so I know where you are..it will go by fast but you WILL miss him..we will extend our prayers for MIchael while he is away..stay strong.....God Bless
Carole: I have tears in my eyes just reading this. I cannot imagine having to go through this. I know you are very proud of your son for his decision to serve our country, but it doesn't make it any easier. I will keep him in my prayers.
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Mom, Share in his excitement, relish in his bravery. You have a son whom looks in the face of danger and is able to rise above any fears to support his beliefs. You have done a superb job in raising such a fine Man. Be Proud, Be Very Proud… We are!!! Thank him for me, please.
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After 9/11 a number of folks here in NY use the following as a definition of "Hero".
"One who runs towards the danger". Michael is already a hero to me for making this decision.
He will be in my prayers and thoughts . May he be kept safe from harm. Carole, you and your family are also in my thoughts and prayers. This is not an easy time.
Thank you Michael for stepping forward. Thank you for your courage and service.
Carole- As a retired Air Force Master Sergeant I salute your son for serving his country. It is an all too rare spirit among our young. My prayers go out to him and you. Be assured you are not the only parents who feel a little anxious when your child goes into the service. Just about several million can relate.
God bless you, your son and America.
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Hang in there SON. We salute you for joining in the ranks of the Military. As a Retired US Air Force member I say we need the forces that are volunteering. Mom don't fret. Untie the strings and He will be a hugh sucess.
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Well, it's very difficult to untie the strings, especially to go into the military these days.
But there's no finer service than to serve one's country. He'll be in my prayers, and so will you. Give him my thanks as well.
I understand your feelings. I had 2 sons go into the Military. The hardest part for me was when I dropped the elder one off at the Bus Station to go to boot camp. He looked so vulnerable. The next time I saw the clothes he was wearing was the point when a box arrived with the clothes in them, as he had been issued Air Force clothing since then. The younger son went into the Navy, and I got the box back with the clothes, too.This was during the Desert Storm time.Kenneth, the younger one, ended up on a submarine-his second choice for service and was over in the Med. He called me from Naples and then I didn't hear from him until the day after the Persian Gulf War ended-he'd called a couple of days before it started, but he didn't know it was going to start. Jamie, the Air Force son, ended up in Montana, on a computer, scoring scenarios for Top Gun pilots. I am very proud of both my boys and thankfully, no harm came to them.They received their wartime medals. You can bet that the song "Proud to be an America" hits me still, and I get tears in my eyes.
Our thoughts will be with him and you. It's tough to see our offspring grow up and then go off for military duty, especially now. God Bless Him, and you!! Lynne
I know this is hard for you but go to his graduation and you will be surprised at the changes in such a short time. He will be a solider and gentleman then, not a boy. You will be impressed. As far as the things he needs there is an old saying "if uncle sam wants you to have it, he will issue it to you." He will be in my prayers.
I have a son and daughter-in-law active duty in the Air Force now I understand.
Thanks to your son for his brave decision to join the service. I will keep him in my thoughts that he returns safely! I'm sure it will be a good learning experience for him in his life, one that he will look back on many times, I'm sure....
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Our prayers are with you, we have 2 sons, and just reading your post put tears in my eyes. God Bless Michael for his bravery, he will remain in our prayers until he is home safe. Carole, may God give you the strength to get through this time, Michael is ready, and he will want the same from you-good luck to you all.
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Being a Mother is not always easy is it? Letting go of our children is the hardest thing we are given to do in our lives. Be proud of him. Love him and we will all pray for him and all the men in our armed forces all over the world. We thank them all!