A Picture worth a thousand Tears

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by catfish83861, May 11, 2007.

  1. catfish83861

    catfish83861 Active Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    North Idaho
    One picture is worth a thousand words and a million tears.
    They say one picture is worth a thousand words. How many words is this one worth?

    This amazing picture has drawn a lot of comments from readers of the Nashville paper, The Tennessean.

    See Jay's letter below.

    Dear Tennessean:

    The Tennessean's April 5 photograph of young Christian Golczynski accepting the American flag from Marine Lt. Col. Ric Thompson is one of the most moving and emotion provoking images I have ever seen.

    My wife and I attended funeral services for Christian's father, Staff Sergeant Marcus Golczynski, on April 4, along with our six year-old son, dozens of Marines, and several hundred others who came to pay tribute to this fallen hero.

    As one would expect, many of your readers were touched by this incredible picture. Staff Sergeant Golczynski had previously served one full tour in Iraq. Shortly before his death on March 27 he wrote to his family that he had volunteered to do this a second time due to our deep desire to finish the job we started. In his letter he said, "We fight and sometimes die so that our families don't have to." Tragically, Staff Sergeant Golczynski had only two weeks remaining on his second tour. We look at the photograph of Christian every day. It is displayed prominently in our home. Our hearts ache for Christian and for all those who have lost loved ones in this controversial conflict.

    Our nation is at a historical crossroads. Do we call an end to the struggle in Iraq or press on? Staff Sergeant Golczynski eloquently told his son how he felt about not giving up. Perhaps there is a lesson for all of us in this man's life and the choices he made. He was undeniably a man of tremendous courage and conviction. America must now choose whether to complete the job.

    When looking at the face of Christian Golczynski I am reminded that doing what is right is not always easy and doing what is easy is not always right. Christian's dad knew that too.

    James Drescher

    Franklin, TN

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  2. Rommelvon

    Rommelvon New Member

    Aug 6, 2006
    Goldsboro, NC
    Wow, touching photograph........thanks for posting

  3. Pat Hurley

    Pat Hurley Former Guest

    Sep 30, 2006
    Naples, Florida
    If that doesn't break your heart, you don't have one. Thanks for posting it Cat.
  4. berto64

    berto64 Active Member

    Dang that's hearbreaker. sniffle, cry, bawl, sniffle.

    This gettin old sux, Seems I cry a lot easier than a tough guy should.
  5. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    May God bless them all.
  6. charagrin

    charagrin Former Guest

    Mar 6, 2007

    On a side note,Why is the flag being given to him. I thought it went to either a spouse, or parent, or other closest kin?

    When my great uncle died in Nam they gave the flag to my great-grandmother. Not his son or daughter. he didnt have a wife. Im just curious, Im not trying to be rude.-Char
  7. I see something like that, and I want to crack smart, but can't. About all the soldiers that put their buts on the line every day, while I sit around and crack smart. That boy lost his dad, and many more kids will cry before this is over. I don't have any answers, so I am going to be quiet, thanking those that have given their lives, silently.

    Let those of us at home be not silent! Please go out of your way to thank our veterans in every way possible, and bust your respective representatives - get them on line!


    Lead Lobber
  8. SouthernMoss

    SouthernMoss *Admin Tech Staff*

    Jan 1, 2003
    SW MS
    As I sit with tears streaming down my face, all I can say is that this is exactly why we must allow our fighting men and women to finish their job. Otherwise, Christian will be reminded every day that his father died in vain.
  9. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    Ditto, SoMo !!!!!
  10. 358 winchester

    358 winchester *TFF Admin Staff*

    Apr 25, 2004
    Pensacola Fl. area
    SOMO You said a mouthful lady!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I still wake up and wonder why at times then someone will post a picture or a story and I know why!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It doesn't make it any easier for the vets or their families
    But it sure as hell helps when you say thanks to them.
  11. I could not bear to see the photo, but a few seconds.. Bless that Family & all our Troops.
  12. noslolo

    noslolo New Member

    Oct 15, 2004
    Johnstown PA
    Wow what a sad picture. SOMO you couldn't be any more right with your statement.
  13. I'm guessing his mom was distraught and had her head buried in someone's shoulder when it was time to present the flag and the son just filled in for her.

    God Bless that Marine.......I would sure hate to have his job.....
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