|From Rebecca 10/25/06:
Thank You Thank You Thank YOU! I can't say it enough. You are a wonderful
man doing something so meaningful and great. I am so glad you remind people
of the fallen and those still fighting. It is so frustrating for me to see
everyone carry on as usual and they seem to forget about the men and women
who are away from home in a battle zone or those who will really never come
I'd like to share a little of my story, I'll try not to make it too
lengthy. I grew up in the small town of Pinckneyville, Il. My family was
never rich but we are and always have been close. I grew up with two
sisters and my brother. I went off to college came back to Pinckneyville
yrs later. My brother and I had always been close, but then as adults we
became best friends and housemates.
My brother Wyatt Dale Eisenhauer was
the most giving person. My sister Hannah phrased it best when she said to a
reporter, "He had a genius mind and beautiful heart." I could go on for
hours about him, but instead I would ask that you visit his memorial website
www.wyatt-eisenhauer.memory-of.com My father is slowly getting it going.
As a sister of a fallen hero , who I don't think was honored appropriately,
I commend you for all that you do. My brother's remains arrived at Lambert
Airport in St. Louis, he was unloaded in the cargo area with the rest of the
cargo, while workers ate their lunch and took their smoke breaks. There a
hero was taken off the plane, in the wrong casket they called to tell my
parents that he would be in the wrong casket when he arrived b/c they
realized the had made a mistake but had already crated the casket so it was
too late to fix it. There was no flag draped on his coffin but it was in a
bag and handed to someone. This is how my brother made his final trip home.
The small town we live in I always thought to be a great place and have
good morals, but not once have we celebrated a soldiers homecoming as a
community, now the whole town will gather for a celebration when the
basketball team has a big victory, but not to welcome a soldier home. It
wasn't any different when my brother came home. They did put the flags out
early (he died right before Memorial Day and was buried on Memorial Day) I
try to make to the services for other fallen heroes in the area, and the
other small towns have down well by putting things on signs and bows tied
all over the town.
Each October our town has a big Marid Gras Celebration,
that is what they call it it's for Halloween. The year, my brother was killed
the theme was hometown heroes, they did honor a couple of world war II vets,
which they should, but no mention was made of my brother. I don't
understand that. It's not that my brother would have ever wanted it or
thought he deserved it, but I feel we owe it to him and all of our men and
women in the service.
I try my best to remind people we are still at war.
I have a good friend there now and two of my cousins just made it home
safely, thank God. I guess I was just venting to someone I thought might
understand. I want to help your cause and I know my parents will too. What
is the best way to help?
Rebecca - Proud sister of Wyatt Dale Eisenhauer KIA 5/19/05