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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
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James,

Thank you for posting this.

God bless the men and women who protect us and their families.

Tom
 

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Such a tremendous loss for this young boy. My heart goes out to the family.

This is a picture (and pictures like it) that needs to be sent to the politicians in Washington...both Democrats and Republicans to show them that their actions really do affect people's lives and to remind them how extremely important it is to get it right.

I've never seen such rancor between the political parties. And while they debate, argue and act like children our best and brightest are overseas getting shot at, injured and killed.

This young boy will never, ever have a father.
 

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Thanks for sharing.

If we dont finish this Job, what does this child have to hang his hat on?

We better finish the dam Job, and the sooner the better IMO.
 

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Very moving picture.............and the sad part is that this is being repeated across our country. Our best die trying to minimize the civilian loss of life, and therefore the job is compromized from the start. I say if you're going to war...kill 'em all, get the job done..........that's the only way to win a war.
 
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