I am not a young man but one who is quite near our late President’s age and like him I am the father of a new son.
Your husband has given America something that is the very backbone of our nation.
My father came to this country in 1908 at the age of 19 with no more materially than his passage here. In his heart he knew he was coming to the land of the free and the place where he had the opportunity to fulfill any dreams for those willing to have the courage to see them through.
The word courage is the one that compels me to write this letter. Many times in my life I have faltered because the burden seemed too hard or I did not have the “courage” to see things through. Perhaps because I am not made of the same things our president was, I will always falter somewhat along the way. Now that I have been blessed with a new son, I again have been afforded the opportunity to give to someone the same thing that our beloved president has given the American people and that is courage . He was the very embodiment, of the word.
He has renewed a flame in my heart for what America stands for. Every bit of progress that our country has experienced has been founded on courage.
All that I can do now is say “thanks” for rekindling this flame and I pray that it may never be extinguished.
Robert D. Carlson
Ens. USN (Ret.)