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Bringing the war home

Vail Daily Editorial
Vail CO, Colorado

Even as news out of Iraq tops national headlines and leads TV reports, the average Eagle Countian knows little about war. But Battle Mountain High School grads Milton Walters and Cesar Gonzalez sure do.

Seaman Walters helped evacuate Lebanese-Americans during the war between Israel and the Islamic militant group, Hezbollah. Lance Cpl. Gonzalez spent several months at a base near Fallujah, where the Iraqi insurgency has claimed many American lives.

Dozens of military men and women with a connection to Eagle County are serving in a war, or have served in a war. We’ve even lost of some of our own to war; Lt. John Vaughn and Lance Cpl. Evenor Herrera, both locals, are among the 3,422 troops who have died in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense.

Despite Sept. 11 and the Iraq war, most Americans live daily lives of relative peace. Perhaps the price of that peace is that most of us have lost the meaning of Memorial Day. The Bush administration’s policies just solidify that by forbidding photos of caskets coming home and by Bush’s refusal to attend the funerals.

Memorial Day is about shared sacrifice ” something we as a country seem to know little about these days. Yet the families and friends of those who have died are left to grapple with the pain on their own.

We’re blessed to live in a place where most of our citizens can be civil with each other, and in a place that values freedom of thought and expression.

We’re also lucky to have citizens among us who are willing to fight to keep it that way.

” Tamara Miller for the Editorial Board


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