Tonight, we light a candle of memory against the darkness of grief and loss. We remember.
This retrospective is a compilation of 2013's "I Got the News Today" (IGTNT) memorial diaries from January through December. They are tributes to the American service members who died as a result of the war in Afghanistan. When you click on the links, you'll find their stories--the details that their teachers and friends remember, the last phone calls home to parents, their Facebook messages to loved ones. These are not numbers or abstractions. They were husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, parents, children, friends, colleagues, brothers and sisters in arms. Their lives mattered.
If you are new to the series, please click on a date and read diaries by Sandy on Signal, JaxDem, SisTwo, Ekaterin, maggiejean, Wide Awake in KY, Chacounne, i dunno, Joy of Fishes, blue jersey mom, TrueBlueMajority, SpamNunn, TheFatLadySings, twilight falling, noweasels, raptavio, and me, CalNM, and learn about a few of these lives. To our supporters: please know how much your presence, witnessing and condolences mean this past year and always. To the team--a special THANK YOU for your constant and compassionate efforts. To the families and friends who may read this--we have not forgotten your loved one.
As is our tradition, we have chosen "We Remember Them," by Rabbis Sylvan Kamens and Jack Riemer, to help us reflect on these losses. Thank you for being here tonight to remember.