Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The Heart and Soul of an American Soldier

The editorial page of The Wall Street Journal reprinted the "credo paper" that a fallen American soldier had written in his senior year of high school.( Yes, high school!!) Sgt. Carlson, of St.Paul, Minn., was killed in Iraq in January of 2005. I am including a paragraph from his paper in this posting, but I implore you to click on the link and read his entire essay. I've never read anything like it.
I want to live forever; the only way that one could possibly achieve it in this day and age is to live on in those you have affected. I want to carve out a niche for myself in the history books. I want to be remembered for the things I accomplished. I sometimes dream of being a soldier in a war. In this war I am helping to liberate people from oppression. In the end there is a big parade and a monument built to immortalize us in stone. Other times I envision being a man you see out of the corner of your eye, dressed in black fatigues, entering a building full of terrorists. After everything is completed I slip out the back only to repeat this the next time I am called. I might not be remembered in that scenario, but I will have helped people.
By the way, the essay was written on May 11, 2000! How's that for prescience?!