This song, “Letters From Home” by John Michael Montgomery, really speaks to the importance of letters in a soldier’s life. The chorus really says it all;
I fold it up an’ put it in my shirt,
Pick up my gun an’ get back to work.
An’ it keeps me driving me on,
Waiting on letters from home.
To this day I imagine there are lots of soldiers carrying a letter in a pocket in an effort to stay connected to those they are missing and that are missing them. I think that email is important to them too, but there is something about receiving a letter written in the hand of one you love. Being able to touch the same thing they touched. Maybe even getting a whiff of their cologne or a photo that you can keep next your heart on hard, lonely days.
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