May we never forget!
I will never forget where I was that day 10 years ago and what I was doing and thinking. Wondering what was going to happen next and where were all my loved ones. During the days that followed I watched as a nation joined together and our President lead us in the most amazing way to remind us that we are one nation standing together and asked us to pray:
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for you are with me.
I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant-General of Massachusetts, that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.
I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.
I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom. Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,