"I swore to myself that I would not let them down. They sacrificed and gave to me something that I could never repay; freedom." - Staff Sergeant Joe Goodrich in an email to his wife from Iraq about making the ultimate sacrifice.
Baldilocks just sent this article of one politician's visit to a funeral that was selfish, tactless and in poor taste. The more I learn about Marine Staff Sergeant Goodrich (he was one good man), the angrier I am becoming over this event. Joseph Goodrich, a second generation Marine and former Police Officer, was killed in Hit, Iraq, on July 10th.
Saturday, July 23, 2005
By Tom Barnes, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau
The family of a Marine who was killed in Iraq is furious with Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll for showing up uninvited at his funeral this week, handing out her business card and then saying "our government" is against the war.
Rhonda Goodrich of Indiana, Pa., said yesterday that a funeral was held Tuesday at a church in Carnegie for her brother-in-law, Staff Sgt. Joseph Goodrich, 32. She said he "died bravely and courageously in Iraq on July 10, serving his country.
"Our family deserves an apology," Rhonda Goodrich said. "Here you have a soldier who was killed -- dying for his country -- in a church full of grieving family members and she shows up uninvited. It made a mockery of Joey's death."
What really upset the family, Goodrich said, is that Knoll said, 'I want you to know our government is against this war,' " Goodrich said.
She said she is going to seek an answer from Gov. Ed Rendell's administration if it opposes the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan...
You can also contact Governor Rendell and ask him that question.
More on Sergeant Goodrich here.
Update: More being added in the latest post.