Dear Family, With Memorial Day passing and yesterday being the anniversary of David Crader's birthday, I felt compelled to share this with you. In 1994, a letter written by David just before his death in 1990, was chosen from over 1500 submitted letters for inclusion on the Veteran's Plaza Memorial on the East side of the Ohio Statehouse. I visit the site whenever I am in the area, and am inspired every time I read this letter. It was written to his girlfriend while he was in basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The letter reads as follows: Dear Eileen, I was appointed squad leader position today, which means my hard work is being noticed. Everything I learn here will help me later in life. 1. Never assume anything. 2. No matter how bad you don't want to do something, see it through and make the best of it. 3. Home is where you make it. 4. Make things happen for yourself. Take charge of your life. 5. Don't take little things in life for granted. 6. If you really love someone, they're always with you no matter where you are. 7. Teamwork. 8. Friends are invaluable. 9. Trust in yourself and your first instinct. 10. Don't lose touch with your Creator. Love, Dave
Such timeless words from a young man. Lest we not forget, remember to thank God every day for men like him that were willing to sacrifice their all, so that we might live free. John 15:13.
Thank you for sharing this with all of us. Such wisdom from someone so young. It touched my heart. I, too, am thankful and grateful to the young men and women who currently serve in the armed forces and to those who have gone before them. I honor their service to our country and their sacrifices. Rest in Peace, David Paul Crader.