Lynn | American-Hero | Monday, May 23rd, 2011

As I drove along the freeway to work one day, I noticed a group of young people in a car bearing a peace symbol on the window. I wondered to myself what kind of statement that symbol was intended to make.

Was it a somewhat naive expression of a feeling that we should all “just get along?” Is it an avowed expression of “peace at all costs?” Is it a statement that war is wrong? Do the people who post a peace symbol truly have a depth of understanding about the statement they are making?

I understand the desire for peace. What human being doesn’t want peace? But peace is obtained at a price. And, despite the cost, history proves peace is never a permanent state. My son was a soldier. He fought for peace and at a cost no mother wants to pay. General Douglas MacArthur said it best: “The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

It is true; no soldier wants to go to war. But what the soldier understands is that there are values worth fighting for and one of those values is the dignity of human life whether it is here in America or it is somewhere else on the globe.



Account Executive at Sika Sarnafil
Lynn is an accomplished writer and business professional with a BA in English, an MBA, and JD degrees from prestigious Universities. Lynn has worked in the construction industry for 35 years.

She is also the mother of an American Hero. Her only child, Sgt. Rhys W. Klasno was killed in action on "Mother's Day," 13 May 2007 in Haditha, Iraq. Read her American Hero Tribute Blog and check out her Roofing Solutions Wonderkid Blog

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  1. Lynn, I think of you so often and wonder how you are doing. Chuck and I have prayed for you and Michael. I’m sure London is a joy to watch as she grows. You always have a place to stay if you are ever in Kansas. We love you.

    Comment by Eileen Stevenson — May 30, 2011 @ 6:38 pm

  2. Hi Lynn,

    Funny, I have often wondered about the peace sign as well. In reading that post you described my very thoughts. I’ve been reading your post this morning and felt myself wanting to read more. You have a gift!
    I love you,

    Comment by Patsy McKee — June 22, 2011 @ 9:02 am

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