Honoring Chance: A Mother's Journey
While it is difficult to pick any one of the fine writings that appear in these two books as a favorite, if asked, I would tell you that the one that moved me more than any other is the personal narrative of Lt. Colonel Michael R. Strobl and it appears in both of these collections. It is entitled, “Taking Chance” and relates the highly emotional experience of accompanying the body of Chance Phelps, a young Marine killed in Iraq, from Dover, Delaware to his final resting place in Wyoming. I first read this narrative at Blackfive in April 2004, and more than a year and a half later I sent a copy of it to my son while he waited to accompany the body of his friend Tommy to his home in Tucson.
Today, on the front page of my local paper, The Courier, I was enthralled by this story of Chance’s mother, Gretchen Mack, and her daughter who are walking the more than 1,500 miles from Twentynine Palms Marine Base -- where her son Chance trained -- to his final resting place in his home town in Wyoming. To Remember Chance. To Honor him… and all his brothers.
She and Orndoff make it a point that they are not marching to protest the war, but to support the troops.
Mack expressed her disapproval of people who protest the war by demonstrating against soldiers and their families. She derided them as "cowards."
"The troops watch the news in Iraq, and see that sort of thing happening," she said. "How do you think that makes them feel?"
On her Web site [for the Chance Phelps Foundation], www.run4chance.com, the introductory message states, "The Chance Phelps Foundation, and its sponsored events, do not support any anti-war effort."
Mack said she supports the troops and the commander-in-chief.
You can sponsor this team by the mile (one cent/mile is just $15.74) or you can make a donation of any amount. All money they raise is donated to Fisher House and to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Go to the Chance Phelps Foundation page and read their blog and to read more about this remarkable young man and the remarkable effort by his mom and sister(s).
Since they are walking through my neck of the woods, I’m hoping to track down their route and buy the ladies lunch or dinner (and bring dog treats for their dogs!)
All I can say, Gretchen, is OORAH. Chance is looking down and he sure is one proud Marine.
And to Cindy and the cronies of Code Pink -- THIS is how we honor the fallen.
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