To the editor-
Veterans Day is approaching and we will honor those who have made incredible sacrifices for America as members of our military. Our veterans appreciate heartfelt handshakes and thank-yous, but brick-and-mortar shows of support also are needed.
I recently heard a number of proposals for the development of a new veterans facility as a member of the Capital Investment Committee. Money is tight as we push our way through this recession, but veterans remain a top priority and it is important we support them with adequate funding.
We will use this Veterans Day to honor those who selflessly served their country, but we also should recognize our veterans’ loved ones who make great sacrifices. Below is a letter, from President Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Lydia Bixby, which illustrates one example. The authenticity and details of Lincoln’s letter have been debated but, at the very least, it serves its anecdotal purpose.
State Rep. Dean Urdahl
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 word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering 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,
Dean Urdahl represents District 18B in the Minnesota House of Representatives. The district includes most of Meeker County and a portion of Wright County. This is Urdahl’s fourth term in the Legislature after being elected in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.