This letter was photographed at the National Police Memorial in Washington, D.C. It is a beautiful letter on "the wall" written by Allison Eales, 11-years old, to her father Oklahoma State Trooper David W. (Rocky) Eales.
Here is the text of the letter:
Although I have many things in my life to be appreciative of, I am most thankful for my dad. He was killed when I was 6 1/2 years old, but in that short time, we made enough memories to last a lifetime.
When it was storming outside, I am thankful that he would let me crawl up in his lap and snuggle with me until the storm was over. Looking back, he was teaching me that even when something is scary, being around those you love helps you get through it.
Our house is located on a big hill. For exercise we would walk up and down it while talking. I am thankful for the conversations we had, and will always remember them in my head.
My dad used to always film me when I was playing basketball. He would get really excited cheering for me and lose me in the camera. I am thankful that I can always watch those movies and hear him cheering for me with all his heart.
Lastly, I am thankful that even in death, my dad taught me courage. He knew the difference between right and wrong, and sadly, gave the ultimate sacrifice trying to do what was right. He was trying to arrest a man when the man shot him.
Some kids go through their entire life not having a good father. I am glad that my dad showed me enough love in 6 1/2 short years to last me my whole life. I am so very thankful to have had him.
I love you daddy!
Allison Eales McAlester, 6th grade