Tonight, we light a candle of memory against the darkness of grief and loss. Tonight, we remember
This retrospective is a compilation of 2014'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 and Operation Inherent Resolve. When you click on the links, you'll find their stories, the details that their teachers, neighbors, fellow service members and friends remember; the last phone calls home; 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.
To our supporters: Please know how much your presence, witnessing, standing vigil and posting condolences meant this year and in every year of this series.
To the IGTNT team members Sandy on Signal, i dunno, noweasels, blue jersey mom, Chacounne, twilight falling, SisTwo, SpamNunn, TrueBlueMajority, CalNM, Wide Awake in Kentucky, maggiejean, Ekaterin, TheFatLadySings, Joy of Fishes, and me, JaxDem: Many blessings for your dedication and compassionate efforts in researching and writing these tributes to our nation's fallen heroes.
To the families and friends who may read this: We have not forgotten your loved one.
As is our tradition for this end of year tribute, 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 honor, respect and remember.