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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Their names and faces are flashing by us

This is part of an editorial that appeared in today's Watertown, New York, Daily News:

Fire all of the guns at once and explode into space.
AUG. 5, 2009: A Fort Drum soldier was killed in battle the other day. Or was it the week before? Maybe I have him confused with another soldier who died with his three buddies during an explosion. Or was it just two other soldiers?
And so it goes. The U.S. is losing soldiers at such a rapid clip in Afghanistan that names and faces of 10th Mountain Division soldiers are flashing by us, giving little time to reflect on the collective sacrifice being made by these individuals. (A collective sacrifice that is still made by individuals.)

Exactly. At first we sit up and take notice and think about maybe keeping track. But we don't. Then it starts happening so frequently and so fast, the thing we thought would never happen has happened. We're numb. We need to be reminded of these sacrifices. And constantly. There's more.

Posted by Marie at August 5, 2009 8:27 PM


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