Service and Sacrifice
August 17th, 2011

I had a different topic in mind for today, but I’m interrupting our regularly schedule programming because this is more important.

Yesterday while checking in on Facebook I noticed a link posted by my good friend and fellow blogger Aidan at Ivy League Insecurities.  Aidan is currently in the midst of a month-long blogging sabbatical, so I was surprised to see a post from her and immediately clicked over.

I will let you read Aidan’s post yourself, and I hope you will because I think it is valuable, but I will give you a little foretaste.  I’m sure you heard in the news recently of the 30 Navy SEALs who were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.  It was the largest single-day loss off life for American troops since the war began nearly 10 years ago.  As it turns out, one of the troops killed in that tragic event was the brother of the fiance of one of Aidan’s girlfriends.  When Aidan reached out to her friend to ask what she could do the friend requested a blog post dedicated to her fiance’s brother.  And that is exactly what Aidan did.

When a war has dragged on as our war in Afghanistan has it is easy to grow numb to the depressing statistics that roll through our media month after month.  It is easy to hear the numbers without attaching names or faces or grieving families.  And so I think it is important that, from time to time, we take the time to learn the stories of the soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in service to our country.  It should be painful.  It should be uncomfortable.  It should hurt.  These soldiers are more than talking points for politicians and fodder for cable news pundits.  They are people who have given their lives in service to our country, which is more than any of us have done.

Please click here to read Aidan’s post.  And if you feel so moved, please leave your condolences for Sgt. Hamburger’s family in the Comments section there.  And please, if you do nothing else, give some thought today to all of the families who continue to grieve the loss of their loved ones.

3 Responses to “Service and Sacrifice”

  1. Aidan Donnelley Rowley @ Ivy League Insecurities Says:

    Gale – Thank you for writing this post. Yes, this is hard and uncomfortable stuff, but it is also terribly important. As you say, it is far too easy to grow numb to the statistics that slide through our days. And it is critical, again as you note, that we stop from time to time and realize just what is going on, the lives that are being lost as ours are being protected. Thanks for your words, for spreading Patrick’s story.

  2. Gale Says:

    Aidan – You are more than welcome. I’m glad I noticed the FB link to your post, and am honored to have had the opportunity to share Patrick’s story with my own readers. Thanks again for making us all aware of his service and sacrifice.

  3. TheKitchenWitch Says:

    Heading over there now!