Monday, February 18, 2008

We must not forget

Last Farewell

This is a memorial in Lafayette, California. It is a well-to-do town, about 20 miles east of San Francisco. I took this picture on February 13th, 2007. I thought what a horrible cost this war has been. When I passed it last week, one year later, the total was 3953. A difference of 842. Add to that an additional 478 who have been lost in Afghanistan. So many people gone. We will never know what they could have accomplished if their fate had been different.

Regardless of your view of the conflict in the Middle East, and our role in it, over 4,000 families will forever be missing a family member at the table at holidays, never be able to hear their voice in laughter, never be able to touch their face with love. Then there are all those who sacrificed a part of themselves in these conflicts. Their lives are forever changed.

Even if you're having a really bad day, it doesn't compare to this, does it?

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