Monday, April 21, 2008

Lance O. Eakes, RIP

Throughout the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, I have tried hard not to think of the wounded and dead in abstract terms. I know these wars are very personal for thousands of military families.

On Friday, we learned that Sgt. Lance O. Eakes, my second cousin, was killed in Iraq. Lance was a generation younger than me, so I did not know him well, but I still feel a great loss because of the devastating effect his death has had on other family members I care about.

As you see the seemingly endless reports on the wars, please think of my family and the thousands of other families who have experienced these wars in such a personal way.


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