Fran Wilson—A mother remembers the son who gave his life to get the bin Laden mission done

Posted by Kendall Harmon

My son, Marine Lance Cpl. Justin Wilson, was killed in Afghanistan just over a year ago.So the death of Osama bin Laden is personal and bittersweet.Just knowing that he cannot hurt another soul brings me peace, but at the same time, I can’t help being sad that so many good people had to die to rid the world of this monster.

It doesn’t bring my son back, but it is a landmark event in the battle against terrorism to which he committed his life and for which he gave his life. Justin believed we were winning this war, but the progress he saw was harder to see across the distance of an ocean.The death of bin Laden is progress that the entire world recognizes.

Osama bin Laden played a role in shaping Justin’s patriotism.He was 15 on Sept. 11, 2001, and we lived on Long Island, N.Y., then. The events of Sept. 11 inspired Justin’s commitment to serve his country. He was part of the post-9/11 generation who believed that they could serve their country best by joining the military and defending the nation against foreign terrorists.Some, like Justin, have made the ultimate commitment, risking and losing their lives in the battle to defeat terrorism.I have heard from some of Justin’s fellow Marines and their families this week.Like me, they feel that bin Laden’s death reminds the world that their dedication and sacrifice in this long fight against terrorism is worthwhile.

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Posted May 9, 2011 at 5:25 am

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1. MichaelA wrote:

This reminds me of my father’s stories, of parents in his street whose sons didn’t come home from WWII. No matter how noble the cause, it never fully eases the grief.

May 9, 10:43 pm | [comment link]
2. Cennydd13 wrote:

I’ve seen war; I’ve fought in it, and it isn’t pretty.  I’ve lost the sons and daughters of close friends to bin Laden’s hatred, and I will feel anguish for their loss for the rest of my days.  Was bin Laden’s killing justified?  Yes, it was!  It removed the mastermind of a mass murder network from the human race.

May 9, 11:36 pm | [comment link]

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