Letter From the President: Thankful for Freedom

June 2019

I trust you enjoyed a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and are looking forward to celebrating our countyr's independence during 4th of July. I thought it fitting to reflect on our history and give thanks for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, our Great Nation, and our Greater God.

First – a Letter to Mrs. Bixby with perhaps the most well written, heartfelt words I have ever read from a U.S. President.  In the autumn of 1864, Massachusetts Governor John A. Andrew wrote to President Lincoln asking him to express condolences to Mrs. Lydia Bixby. Lincoln's letter to her was printed by the Boston Evening Transcript.

Executive Mansion,
Washington, Nov. 21, 1864

Dear Madam,-

I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.

I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,
A. Lincoln

Second – one of the great truths rooted deep within the heart of every person. "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends." —John 15:13

God Bless each and every family within FSE, and may we each pause to celebrate the ongoing freedom bestowed to each of us as residents of the USA! Thank you for continuing to be Positive People, Providing Excellent Service with Exceptional Care!