Mark Daily was laid to rest a month ago, and I covered the memorial here. Today in the Orange County Register has published a letter of gratitude from the Daily family, gratitude for their son, the city and county which has shown so much love for Mark, and a country which could produce such fine men and women who believe in duty as their son did.
Sunday, February 18, 2007I would like to extend my sypathies to the Daily family. But, mostly I want to thank them for making such a fine man who would offer up his life to save mine. That is an extraordinary thing to do for one's fellow man. No greater love as the saying goes.
Letters: Thankful for a rich life with clear vision
On the 4th of July, 1983, our son, Mark Jennings Daily, was born. Twenty-three years later, on Jan. 15, 2007, another day the American flag is flown, Mark lost his life in Iraq.
He would have found this poetic, and yet we have found it heartbreaking.
Prior to his Iraq deployment, he shared expansively, as he was known to do, about the richness of the life he had.
Mark so appreciated his wife and family, his neighborhood and friends, the teachers and professors at the schools and colleges he attended, the mailman along his route and the friendly wave of an acquaintance driving by.
He explained that his need was to now serve the larger world community because he had enjoyed such freedoms and liberties himself. He was undaunted by the possible personal outcome and willing to trade it for making a positive difference on the world stage.
As Mark wrote in his departing letter to family and friends, "Don't forget that human beings have a responsibility to one another and that Americans will always have a responsibility to the oppressed."
Armed with the love of family and friends, a college education and a purpose larger than himself, his vision was clear.
In these dark days following Mark's death we have found great comfort recalling our conversations. You, our "neighbors," have collectively lifted our family up off our knees and held us when we could not imagine how we could stand.
Your outpouring of thoughts, prayers, and seen and unseen deeds have cradled us and shown us with great clarity that Mark was right about community.
We are so very grateful for each and every one of you who celebrated Mark's life with such kindness and regard.
Thanks to those of you whom have done something to ease our heavy hearts, however seemingly small; it has not gone unnoticed. You have shown that within this city and county of this great state and nation lives a powerful and passionate community.
Your actions have affirmed Mark's passion and purpose for serving the world community. In another morale boosting e-mail to us Mark said, "Never forget that you can be a positive force for change."
We have been humbled and inspired by your positive actions during this very difficult time for our family.
We look forward to seeing the many positive acts you, our community, will continue to grace upon each other.
Linda and John Daily
Janet, Christine, Eric and Nicole
[Orange County Register] Editor's note: Mark Daily volunteered to go to Iraq and was killed after three months there. He was posthumously awarded Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.
Go to the LA TIMES (yes, the LA Times) for a very coverage of Mark Daily and more pictures. As Wordsmith said when he sent me the link, "Sometimes even the worst paper in the country can carry something right."
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.