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GREETINGS GRAMPA,

    I SAT FOR A LONG TIME TRYING TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY WHAT FORMAT I WANTED TO DO THIS IN. I WAS FORTUNATE HOWEVER IN STUMBLING ACROSS THIS POEM WHILE ON THE INTERNET. I WAS VERY MOVED BY IT. ALTHOUGH IT WAS WRITTEN THAT THE POEM HAD BEEN AMERICANIZED, THE THEME AND MEANING OF THE POEM I FELT REFERRED TO ALL SOLDIERS WHO ENLIST INTO THIER COUNTRIES ARMED FORCES AS DID YOU AND I. YOUR TIME BEING MORE CRUCIAL TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN SOCIETY AND THE LIVELYHOODS WHICH MANY ENJOY BUT TAKE FOR GRANTED.

    I'LL NEVER REGRET THE OPPORTUNITY I WAS GIVEN WHEN I ENLISTED, AND UNDERSTAND THAT IT WAS ONLY POSSIBLE DUE TO THE SACRIFICES BY YOURSELF AND OTHERS OF YOUR TIME OF SERVICE.

    I AM ALSO FORTUNATE FOR ANOTHER REASON. I AM FORTUNATE FOR BEING A GRANDSON TO A MAN AS SOLID AND RESPECTED AS YOURSELF. I WILL FOREVER BE THANKFUL FOR THE LESSONS YOU TAUGHT ME AND THE LOVE I RECIEVED.

    I DON'T SAY IT ENOUGH I LOVE YOU AND TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN BEING ABLE TO SAY THAT YOU ARE MY GRANDFATHER.

DONNIE