November 11, 2003
Melissa, I have never been as blessed as the day I met you. You are my angel, soulmate, wife, lover and best friend. I am sorry. I did not want to have to write this letter. There is so much more I need to say, so much more I need to share. A lifetime’s worth. I married you for a million lifetimes. That’s how long I will be with you. Please keep my babies safe. Please find it in your heart to forgive me for leaving you alone….Teach our babies to live life to the fullest, tell yourself to do the same.(Army Pfc. Jesse A. Givens, 34, of Springfield, Mo., in a letter written to be delivered to his family if he died. Private Givens was killed in Iraq on May 1, 2003.)
I will always be there with you, Melissa. I will always want you, need you and love you, in my heart, my mind and my soul. Do me a favor, after you tuck the children in. Give them hugs and kisses from me. Go outside and look at the stars and count them. Don’t forget to smile.
If I do not return, my dear Sarah, never forget how much I loved you, nor that when my last breath escapes me on the battle field, it will whisper your name.(Major Sullivan Ballou, 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers, July 14, 1861, in a letter to his wife. Sullivan Ballou fell a week later at the first battle of Bull Run.) [01:50 PM]
Forgive my many faults, and the many pains I have caused you. How thoughtless, how foolish I have sometimes been!
But, 0 Sarah, if the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they love, I shall always be with you, in the brightest day and in the darkest night…always, always. And when the soft breeze fans your cheek, it shall be my breath, or the cool air your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by.
Sarah, do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait for me, for we shall meet again.