Robert Wilson Collins
West Point, 2008
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by Connie Reeves and Cliff Lewis on May 2, 2010:
Dear Sharon and Deacon,
We remain so heartstricken by your loss. Over the years, we have been able to watch Robert grow up into a wonderful young man, willing to shoulder some of the burdens of our country, but it is so tragic that he lost his life as a result. We all know that this is possible during wartime, but to have it happen to people we care about certainly seems even worse, though certainly not to that person's family and loved ones.
Thank you for keeping us apprised of Robert's growth and momentous occasions through photos and Facebook. As retired Army officers, we have a deep respect for anyone who chooses to go in the military, especially during these years of war with the high probability of serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. To have decided upon West Point despite the state of the world is truly admirable.
We remember Robert as a small child, gleeful and innocent, and our minds are drawn immeasurably to one Easter Sunday at your house in Germany in the late 1980s, where he, our children, and Mariah joined in an exciting Easter egg hunt you had put together, as well as a fun party. We know he grew up and developed many different roles and relationships, but this is how we will always picture him in our minds. On the green grass behind your home, scampering around with other children, and looking for eggs.
We know that you both have thousands upon thousands of memories in your minds and our wish is that they will sustain you during this darkest time.
Our best prayers are with you and your family,
Love, Connie and Cliff
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