Monday, March 15, 2010


I haven't posted about my husband's cousin Jake, because I haven't known what to say, or how to say it. He was our hero over in Afghanistan, and was killed this past week. It is completely unreal. We keep expecting him to come on Facebook and say it's all a joke, that he was just on a secret mission and we all had to think he was gone. But it's not a joke, and he is gone.

I am stealing the rest of this post from my husband's blog, because he said everything I want to say (as usual).

"Since September 11, 2001, I have lowered the flag in my front yard on numerous occasions to honor the sacrifice of a soldier, sailor, marine, or airman who had recently paid the utmost price for my freedom. In each instance I have said a prayer for the family of the departed hero as my flag lowered to honor their sacrifice. During the official period of mourning, the sight of my half-masted flag was a quiet and eloquent reminder of the fact that "Freedom Isn't Free".

On Friday night I went out to my flagpole and, once again, lowered my flag to half mast. But the prayer I offered that night was for my own family this time. Earlier that day my cousin, SFC Glen Jacob Whetten, joined the ranks of those who have given the last full measure of devotion for their country.

The flag in my front yard flies at half mast, and I see Jake now every time I pass it. When the official word gets out and flags across the state lower to half mast, I will see Jake. And I will cry. I am more intimately acquainted with the price of my freedom now. The Hall of Heroes is no longer a nameless, faceless group of men and women from ages past. It now has the name and face of someone I know and love, someone I looked up to and prayed for."

SFC Glen Jacob Whetten, United States Army
March 19, 1978 - March 12, 2010
Operation Enduring Freedom
Jake and his sweetheart, Megan


House Of P said...

What a beautiful post! I'm so saddened and sorry for your loss. I will keep the Whetten family in our prayers. Do you know how he died?
Thank you Jake for defending my freedom!

MegRich said...

I am so sorry to hear that. I had a dear friend who was killed in Afghanistan back in August and had many of the same feelings- "maybe they were mistaken and it was someone else, or they just had to tell everyone he was killed because he was on a secret assignment." I feel for you and your family. We too will keep the Whetten family in our prayers.

Jen said...

Loves & Prayers go your way.

Stephanie said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

*Katie May* said...

I saw that on the news and didn't put the two together with the last name. I am so sorry to hear of your families loss!