repost---I HAVE SEEN WAR----Marc Lee

A LETTER HOME FROM MARC LEE. Early in the conflict.


I have seen war.

I have seen death,

the sorrow that encompasses

your entire being as a man breathes his last.

I can only pray and hope
that none of you will ever have
to experience some of these things
I have seen and felt here.

I have felt fear and
have felt adrenaline pump through my veins
making me seem invincible.

I will be honest and say
that some of the things I have seen here
are unjustified and uncalled for.

However for the most part
we are helping this country.

Most of what I have seen here
I will never really mention or speak of,
only due to the nature of those involved.

I have seen a man give his food
to a hungry child and family.

I have seen amazing things happen here;

however I have seen the sad part of war, too.

I have seen the morals of a man
who cares nothing of human life. . . .

I have seen hate
towards a nation’s people
who has never committed a wrong,
except being born of a third world,
ill-educated and ignorant to western civilization.

It is not everybody who feels this way,
only a select few,
but it brings questions to mind.

Is it ok for one
to consider themselves superior to another race?

Surprisingly, we are not a stranger
to this sort of attitude.

Meaning that in our own country,
we discriminate against someone
for what nationality they are,
their education level, their social status.

We distinguish our role models
as multi-million-dollar sports heroes or
talented actors and actresses
who complain about not getting millions of dollars
more than they are currently getting paid.

My point of this is how can we come over here
and help a less than fortunate country
without holding contempt or hate towards them,
if we can’t do it in our country.

I try to do my part over here,
but the truth is over there,
in the United States,
I do nothing but take.

Ask yourself,
when was the last time you donated clothes
that you hadn’t worn out.

When was the last time you paid
for a random stranger’s cup of coffee,
meal or maybe even a tank of gas?

When was the last time you helped a person
with the groceries into or out of their car?

Think to yourself and wonder
what it would feel like
if when the bill for the meal came and
you were told it was already paid for.

More random acts of kindness like this
would change our country and
our reputation as a country.

It is not unknown to most of us
that the rest of the world
looks at us with doubt
towards our humanity and morals.

I am not here to preach or to say 'look at me,'
because I am just as much at fault as the next person.

I find that being here makes me realize
the great country we have and
the obligation we have to keep it that way.

The 4th has just come and gone
and I received many e-mails
thanking me for helping keep America great and free.

I take no credit for the career path I have chosen;
I can only give it to those of you
who are reading this,
because each one of you
has contributed to me and who I am.

However, what I do over here
is only a small percent
of what keeps our country great.

I think the truth to our greatness is each other.

Purity, morals and kindness,

passed down to each generation through example.

So to all my family and friends,
do me a favor and pass on the kindness,
the love, the precious gift of human life
to each other so that
when your children come into contact
with a great conflict
like that we are now faced with here in Iraq,

that they are people of humanity,
of pure motives, of compassion.

This is our real part to keep America free!

HAPPY 4th! Love Ya,


P.S. Half-way through the deployment -- can’t wait to see all of your faces.

Glory is something that some men chase and others find themselves stumbling upon, not expecting it to find them. Either way, it is a noble gesture that one finds bestowed upon them. My question is, when does glory fade away and become a wrongful crusade, or an unjustified means which consumes one completely?

Marc Alan Lee (March 20, 1978 - August 2, 2006)

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