Thursday, November 11, 2010

A letter to my husband on Veterans Day

Dear Phillip,

It is Veterans Day and I honor your incredible life. Madeline asks me if you knew that you would die when you went to Iraq. I reassure her that neither you nor your family could foresee that you would never come home. Alberto Martinez viciously took your life, but he couldn’t take your spirit. Just as Madeline’s picture was standing after the explosion, she continues to be the antithesis of everything wrong in this world. Madeline is a bubbly and vivacious seven-year-old with a bottomless supply of energy and enthusiasm for life. And in spite of the egregious injustice she has been forced to endure, I assure you that she will live, love and grow up to do amazing things and defy this evil. We have met an amazing man named Nick who supports and loves us. Nick and I will not let the world forget that justice has not been served. We are working to get the Army to address the problems that led to your murder and the acquittal of your killer while insulating Madeline from the battle. Please give us the strength and grace to carry out this mission.




Paula said...

Siobhan, I have thought about you, your daughter, Mrs. Allen, and her sons often since that awful day in Iraq, most especially since that nightmare miscarriage of Army "justice." Please know of the admiration people you may not even know (but who know about the case) feel for your tremendous courage. Best of luck to you!

Siobhan Esposito said...

Dear Paula,

Thank you for your kind words.


Captain Morgan said...


I admire you for your strength and courage. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Jill & Thorton