Ladies and Gentlemen,
I know it is difficult to come to grips with the passing of Major Dick Winters this past week. When I lost my father, himself a veteran of Pearl Harbor and the war in the Pacific, last year, I was told, "You never get over his death, but you learn to live with it." Such is the case with Major Winters. Next to Dad, Dick Winters was the greatest man I have ever met. He was not only my friend, he was my best friend. I did not look upon him as a father-figure, but as a brother. I take great consolation in knowing that he is in a better place and that he is reunited with his wartime comrades. For a soldier, that is the greatest reward. Take solace in knowing how the Major touched our lives. We have been blessed that he crossed our paths and touched our lives.