Posted by: didyouseethis | August 27, 2007

Support them…Now


Army Pfc. Shawn Hensel, of Logansport, Indiana was killed in Baghdad, Iraq on August 14. He was 20 years old. You can read more about Pfc. Hensel here, here and here. May he rest in peace and may his family find comfort.

My DH grew up in Logansport. This afternoon he forwarded an email from his best friend who still lives there. They are both Navy veterans, they enlisted together. Now it is a different generation…different war…same sentiments. I hope DH’s friend won’t mind if I use his email. It is brief but speaks volumes.

“You would have been proud man, it was an awesome tribute to the kid. People were lined up along Burlington Ave to the East end of town. Gen Huntoon spoke at the funeral, that says a hell of a lot man. It was truly a class act. He went out like every vet should. People turn out to show their support when your dead, instead of when your alive, funny thing ain’t it?”

Not amusing at all that any of our veterans should have to ask that question.

Love, Mom



  1. I agree, this is really a sad thing. We have a german saying for this but unfortunately I can`t translate it properly.
    People do not know who is fighting for them, they just recognise it when they lost them. The other way round: you don’t miss the water until it is gone.
    Shawn was as old as I am which really deeply shocks me… ;-(

  2. Sometimes I wonder if people are better able to find the words once someone is gone. It becomes stock standard really. “Great guy”, “Sadly missed”. “Loved by everyone who knew him”. If we put half as much time into appreciating people when they are alive we would all be better off….

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