Richard Clay Breakiron
West Point, 1951
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by Dian Welle on October 26, 2006:
It has taken me almost three weeks to write this. Even now, the words just don't come.
You mentored my daughter, and she took those lessons with her into the Army, and specifically, into her deployments. How can I thank you for that?
You shared a few spirit missions with me at West Point. I saw things, and did things that no cadet parent has ever seen or done. My life is richer for it. How can I thank you for the laughter and the journey?
Through you, I became an honorary member of the class of '51. They treat me as one of their own. How can I thank you for introducing me to these unbelievable men, who simply care for someone who cared for one of them?
You became my friend, my confidant, my sounding board, and my teacher. I'll visit you and Joyce when I go to West Point. I'll remember the laughs, and I'll miss the long hugs we always shared when we met. 8PM will never be the same without your goodnight call. I will never forget you. How can I say goodbye? I can't. I won't. So, be sure to grip hands with me from the shadows from time-to-time. I'll know it's you!
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