For the Global Thinker

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Cost of War

 Eight-year-old Christian Golczynski accepts the flag for his father, Marine Staff Sgt. Marc Golczynski, during a memorial service. Marc Golczynski was shot on patrol during his second tour in Iraq (which he had volunteered for) just a few weeks before he was due to return home.

 The father of Lance Cpl. Christopher Mies salutes the casket of his son Mar. 23, 2011, at Buckley Air Force Base.

"He was just such a big part of my life. I miss him when I go to bed at night and I miss him when I wake up in the morning.  I keep waiting for him to walk through the front door, even though I know he's gone." Carrie Price lost her husband Cpl. James Price in Afghanistan.

One of two US Soldier killed in Iraq.  Dec. 2011

Carla Buyes has a tear wiped away by her husband, Michael, after receiving a flag from a member of the Oregon Military Funeral Honors Team during a Memorial Day ceremony at Restlawn Memory Gardens, in,Salem Ore., on Monday, May 28, 2012. Buyes' son, Marine Cpl. Adam Buyes, was killed in Afghanistan in November 2011.

Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2012/05/memorial-day-2012.html#more#storylink=cpy
 Pearl Harbor survivor Houston James of Dallas is overcome with emotion as he embraces Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke Jr. during the Dallas Veterans Day Commemoration at Dallas City Hall in 2005. Sgt Graunke, who was a member of a Marine ordnance-disposal team, lost a hand, leg, and eye while defusing a bomb in Iraq in July of 2004.
 Fiancee of a soldier killed in Iraq in February by an IED mourning him at Arlington Cemetery in May 2011.

 The loyal dog of a fallen SEAL soldier lays in mourning at a casket refusing to leave his owners side. 35 year old Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson was one of the soldiers killed on August 6th when their Chinook helicopter was shot down by a Taliban rocket-propelled grenade.

 Mourning US soldier slain in Iraq. Feb.2012
 Mother and Brother mourn fallen British soldier Ben Baington-Browne. 
“His raucous laughter would fill the room, and his compassionate nature filled our hearts with joy. "He always saw the good in people, and his sense of care and responsibility towards his troop was endearing.  “We miss him so very much.”

Jane Duffy cries as the hearse carrying the body of her son, Lance Corporal Liam Tasker passes along High Street in Wootton Bassett, England.

Here's a few photos from Ashley Gilbertson's "Bedrooms of the Fallen."

Thought, I would leave you with at least one happy ending...

Terri Gurrola is reunited with her daughter after serving in Iraq for 7 months.  April. 2006

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