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One soldier interviewed said there were a lot of troops injured. I hope you are ok. All I can do is watch and hope no one knocks on our door. Ac- cording to the news conference they say you are ahead of schedule. That gives me hope that the heavy fighting will be over soon but I know you will still not be safe till you come home. I'll keep pray- ing. . . . The knock that DeEtte feared more than anything in the world came al- most twelve hours later; a few minutes after 11.00 p.m. on November 9, 2004, three casualty notification officers arrived at the Kirkland, Washing- ton, home of DeEtte and Rex Wood and informed them that their nineteen- year-old son had been killed in Fallujah. Nathan had been shot while conducting a door-to-door sweep through an apartment complex the morn- ing (Iraq time) of the ninth, and he died instantly. For parents, like the Woods, confronted with the trauma of losing a child, the grief canseem end- less and all-consuming. Some try to cope with the pain by writing a letter to
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HOME 385 the deceased, expressing how much he (or she) is still— and always will be— loved and missed. On the first Memorial Day after Nathans death, both of his parents wrote letters to their son after visiting the Garden of Re- membrance in Seattle. His mothers letter follows. Dear Nathan, Today is May 30, 2005, Memorial Day. You have been gone for almost 7 months. Sometimes I still don't believe it. I never really understood what Memorial Day was about until this weekend. I was browsing through the mall and felt so angry that the stores were taking advantage of this holiday to push their sales. I wish I was still naive and could celebrate as though it were a "holiday weekend." I will never look at this weekend the same. Today I share in the grief that many other families have known since losing someone they love fighting for their country. Your name has been added to the Garden of Remembrance in Seattle. There are more than 8,000 names listed on this wall since WWII. I am very proud to see your name among so many other American Hero's. I want you to know that seeing your name in stone will never replace the real memories I have ofyou. I will always miss your crooked smile, your red cheeks and freckles, your smell and most of all I will miss never being able to hug you again. Since you have been gone I have been in contact with some of your fel- low marines. Your friend Derrick has adopted your father and I to be grand- parents of his wonderful boys. Derrick and his wife had a baby boy on February 16, 2005. They thought so much of you that they now have a Nathan of their own. We will enjoy watching Nathan and his big brother Trent grow up. Jacob and his wife Priscilla will soon be having a child of their own. Gar- ret too is doing well. His parents call us often to see how we are doing.
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