Mission: SSG Edwin Rivera

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Letter of Appreciation for SSG Edwin Rivera Honor Mission June 6, 2010

Orginially Posted by Connecticut Patriot Guard on Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 9:33pm

Bob, (Bob Stone – State Captain, Connecticut Patriot Guard)

Just wanted you to know that mission is complete. I saw Yesenia Rivera yesterday and delivered her the plaque for you. She again wishes you to know how much it means to know that you and your riders do what you do.

Per our discussion on the phone the last time about finding someone to give the plaque with the SGT ranking on it, I have decided that I am going to keep it for myself. I am planning on hanging it up with some other items to honor Edwin in my home. He was a Sergeant at Millstone Power Station with me and I wrote his letter of intent and coaxed him to go for the promotion when he got it so the SGT ranking means a lot to me anyway.

Sad in a way how it took this event to make a connection between us but I feel fortunate for reaching out to you and that you took hold. Please thank everyone again for me and please follow through on mentioning to your guys that whomever it was at the cemetery that day that grabbed my hand and looked me in my eyes while saying “we who have served tend to choose our friends as if they were our foxhole buddy” really made an impact on me that day.

I knew why I was a friend to Edwin but this man truly made me feel that Edwin must have known that I would be strong enough to help his family through the toughest time they will hopefully ever face. I am changed in a way that I cannot explain and how this man knew what to say at that time without even knowing me is a blessing that I will ponder for the rest of my life. Thank you again Bob.

Your friend,

Matthew Hasson