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"Jonathan Roberge, age 22, died in Mosul, Iraq, on Feb. 9. Along with three other soldiers and their Iraqi interpreter, he died when an explosive device blew up the truck he was driving. Roberge had been in Iraq less than two months and in the Army a little over a year..."
The above article is from the America Magazine, May 18, authored by David O'Brien, emeritus professor of history and Loyala Professor at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. found at the link: www.americamagazine.org/content/article.cfm
I submit this for all who grieve to recognize how ritual, recognition, and religion or spirituality plays a part in coping with our loss. Attending the military funeral of my brother-in-law killed in Vietnam and a good griend killed in an accident while on active duty, I can assure you that such tribute and remembrance is not only essential to calming our soul, but understanding or at least accepting our loss.
But at the same time, the article relates the message of Pope John Paul II, "War is always a defeat for humanity."
Let us remember the ultimate sacrifices of our military family, related or not, on this upcoming Memorial Day.
God Bless Them All! My father served in Vietnam, and my younger brother, in Desert Storm. There is no courage like the courage of a soldier.