Dearest Son: xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /
I hope that this message finds you and Ali safe and healthy. The events these past few weeks place you in my thoughts daily.
Joey, there are so many things in your life that I remember with pride; from the day you were born to your wedding day, watching you and Ali standing there on the parade grounds in your dress blues becoming man and wife. But if I had to pick, I think the proudest was the day you signed your enlistment papers. I stood there fighting back the tears as I watched you sign your name to the piece of paper that would take you far away from me, yet it was pride that consumed me.
Take care and remember your family loves and misses you both very much.