Dear Myeshia Johnson,

We, the students of Emporia State, and the editorial board of The Bulletin, want to extend our sincerest sympathies and our most respected regard for your late husband, Sgt. La David Johnson. We know he lived and died a hero.

Additionally, we wish to give you our deepest thanks for your sacrifice.

We cannot imagine how horrible it must have felt to hear your husband was gone.

On top of that, to hear the president struggle to remember this outstanding soldier’s name as he called you to offer his “condolences,” was extremely disrespectful to your husband’s memory and we cannot imagine your anguish.

We are disappointed, angered, frustrated and enraged by Donald Trump’s outrageous actions and words.

Please don’t let the words of this racist, misogynistic blow hard ruin your perception of the people.

We, the people, are united in honoring your husband, Sgt. La David Johnson.

We know nothing can be said to ease the pain of losing your husband, but we hope that offering this simple letter from a small college from the town that founded Veteran’s Day in the middle of nowhere will help remind you that your husband’s sacrifice made our country stronger and we are forever indebted to you.

As Abrahamn Lincoln said in his well-known letter to Lydia Bixby, a woman who was said to have lost five sons fighting in the Civil War, “I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming.”

We will finish in saying that the most important thing that can be done this Veterans Day is to honor veterans everywhere, and to remember their sacrifices and the sacrifices made by their families.

So thank you, to you, Myeshia Johnson, and families everywhere of service men and women who have given their lives for us.

You deserve the utmost respect and honor.

With love and our deepest condolences,

The Bulletin

The Emporia State campus newspaper.

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