Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Keeping up with Tristate military

Encouraging words mean a lot

Seaman Anthony Johnson, 21, U.S. Navy, is the son of Valerie Johnson of Over-the-Rhine and Anthony Louis of Forest Park.

He writes:

I got totally motivated when someone on the street stopped me and said, "You know, we all appreciate what you're doing" when I visited home. I didn't even care if no one knew who the 5-foot 10-inch black male in a dress blue uniform was walking around downtown Cincinnati. I was glad to be home. Glad to be back in Cincinnati.

I had come home at the right time, but I couldn't stop thinking about those who were in the middle of what was really going on. There are so many people giving their lives for us in Iraq.

The Enquirer wants to share the stories of the hundreds of Tristate men and women serving in the U.S. armed forces and their families. If you are willing to share your story, contact reporter Howard Wilkinson. E-mail: hwilkinson@enquirer.com. Telephone: (513) 768-8388 Mail: Howard Wilkinson, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
A lot of people were surprised to see I was from Over-The-Rhine - don't be. There are so many diamonds in the rough, but we don't realize that. For this family, for this neighborhood, for this city, for this state, for this country, for these people, I will be one of the proud.

Thank you, Cincinnati for a new motivation. We appreciate what you are all doing also! As a friend told me when I was home, "Keep doin' your thing. We support you just like you support us."

Whenever you see a military employee, don't shake his hand to praise him, but shake his hand to praise his team, his teammates, the ones who stare the opposition right in the face, the MIAs, the POWs, everyone. The families, the friends, we all have an important mission, not just the military. Support EACH OTHER so that we can all stay strong.

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