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A Father’s Letter to His Fallen Son, Upon Hearing of the Death of Osama bin Laden

Editor’s Note: KYSS DJ Denny Bedard lost his son Andrew in Iraq in 2005. After hearing of the death of Osama bin Laden, he wrote this letter.

Dear Andrew:

The minute I heard last night about the death of Bin Laden, I wanted to rush right to the cemetery and give you the news.

You know, sit and visit, just like I have done every week since October of 2005, when I lost you—my only child, the Marine—in Iraq.  I got a call today from Kim Briggeman of the Missoulian. He wanted to localize the story for his article in tomorrow’s paper. He asked what I was doing when I heard. Had to be honest and tell him we were watching  the Judds mini-series. :-) Hey, it’s country, okay? Luckily, Jennifer was on Facebook, friends were talking about it and away we went to the news coverage.

Kim asked me what I thought your reaction would be. Here’s what I hope it would be, son.

I hope that you feel like you were part of the team and share in the success of the mission.

You were in Iraq, not Afghanistan. Not your choice, but you recognized that the difference in terms of an evil threat to our nation was little more than an imaginary line called a border, and chose to enlist in the military during a very turbulent and dangerous time. And I hope you feel appreciated for that.

And I hope you feel that, even though this doesn’t rid the world of such poison, you were an important part of the process to get the first length in the chain to break.

And finally I hope you feel this country’s  love and appreciation, not just today but every day. I am so proud of you.

With love,


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