Image courtesy: Marcia Truitt/Inara Studios
Landon Carpenter was born on March 18. His father, Lance Cpl. Andrew Carpenter, was shot in Afghanistan on Valentine's Day and died on February 19, less than a month before the Marine's widow, Crissie, gave birth to their first child.
This may be the shortest post I've put up on this blog. Yet the devastating, moving photo above says things far more valuable than any words I could come up with about America's post-9/11 conflicts, the impact on military families, and what our brave men and women in uniform are fighting for every day.
Landon's father did a noble thing by dying for his country. But he also died for the little boy he never got a chance to meet on earth. Hopefully, when Landon Carpenter becomes a man, there won't be any need for him to fight.
Note: Contributions to "Landon's Fund" can be made at any Regions Bank in middle Tennessee.