By Fernando Suarez del Solar, posted on Counterpunch. March 31, 2004
March 27 marked the one year anniversary of the death of my beloved son Jesus Alberto, my Aztec warrior.
A year since Bush’s lies about the cause of this death and a year since Bush’s insult to my son’s memory when the government initially refused to pay the expenses for a civil burial.
A year in which my Aztec Warrior inspired such great love, respect, and admiration in the community.
A year without his smile, his embrace, his warmth, and even more painful, without his simple presence.
A year in which my precious grandson Erick must live without his father, without his kiss, his embrace, and his example.
A year in which my wife has never stopped weeping for the loss of her son.
A year in which my daughters have lived without their brother’s support, his advice, his jokes, his arguments, and his love.
A year in which the deaths in Iraq have not stopped, in which good young people with dreams have left their families to join my son in that blessed place.
A year in which thousands of innocent Iraqi children have died because of Bush’s lies. Thousands of innocent men and women have lost their freedom and their future because of Bush’s lies.
March 27, marks the first year anniversary of my son’s death because of the U.S. military command’s negligience.
As our family continues to mourn and grieve his loss, we celebrated a Mass at the Santa Maria Church in Escondido at 7 p.m. I know that many of you remember him and so you share our grief, and we thank you for your warmth and the moral support you have given my family in this tragic year.
A year that is tragic not only for the Suarez del Solar family but for more than 600 American families who have been deceived and aggrieved by this immoral war.
POR UNA GENERACION LLENA DE PAZ Y AMOR!! EL GUERRERO AZTECA Que dios les bendiga. Atentamente: Fam. Suarez del Solar. Padres del “GUERRERO AZTECA” Jesus Alberto Suarez del Solar Navarro Lance Corporal USMC 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division