The Atlanta Journal-Constitution had an amazing article in it today... just had to share. It's rather long, so I'm not going to copy/past the whole thing here.... Just share a snippet and give you the link. Believe me - IT'S WORTH THE READ! Just make sure you have a box of tissues handy, because you WILL need them!
Robert Stokely: A longing that won't go away
His son's life was cut short in Iraq
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 09/17/06
Robert Stokely bought the black-rimmed round clock for $4.98 and placed it on a shelf in his son's room. He set it eight hours ahead to keep track of the time in Iraq, where Michael was fighting with the Georgia Army National Guard.
But the clock has not ticked in over a year.
The time is frozen at 2:20 a.m. Robert took a black marker and scribbled a date on the clock's face: August 16, 2005.
That was when Sgt. Michael Stokely's war ended — abruptly, with the blast of a makeshift bomb hidden on a dusty road that sliced through the rural area south of Baghdad known as the Triangle of Death.
That month, that day, that hour, were filled with lasts. The time since has been a series of unwanted firsts for Robert, a father consumed by grief.
He knows Mike would not want him to shortchange life. "So, I got killed. What's the big deal?" he would say. Life goes on.....