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February 22, 2005

What We Owe

Kathryn Jean Lopez visited recently with a few good men:

"I really wanted to bring my new leg out tonight," said a wounded warrior (who'd had two legs blown off by an IED in Iraq) over dinner Saturday. "Man, that's something I never thought I'd say — but I have," said the Marine next to him, who is so proficient on his prosthetic leg he was dancing earlier that day.
Every American should have the privilege of knowing the caliber of Americans who go off to war to protect us. He's a Marine who nonchalantly gets up and walks around the table to cut his one-armed brother's steak for him. He's a Marine who with one arm closes and lifts his brother's wheelchair into a car. He's still strong — still stronger than I am, for sure — and no enemy's going to take that away from him if he has anything to say about it. He's a boy whose youth shocks you, who is minus a leg, who spent months in a coma, and who has three brothers who have signed up for the war effort in some way. He's Casey Owens, who so many of us saw salute the president on Inauguration Day, from his wheelchair, and who's probably the best spokesman for the war out there. On Saturday night, when a few Marines took the night off from Walter Reed for dinner and drinks at a happening Georgetown restaurant and bar, everyone wanted to know him — and thank him — and never forget him.

Most of us will never be lucky enough to meet these young men. But there's a button in the sidebar if you feel the urge to say 'thank you'.

Via Deb.

Posted by Cassandra at February 22, 2005 08:39 AM

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