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February 22, 2009

The Cost.

I apologize in advance for currently dominating conversations here at VC. I truly don't walk around in black clothing, wringing my hands and weeping about things. I am more of a happy person than you might surmise from what I've posted lately.

Still, this is clearly important to me. And it is to others. A military.com poll showed that 70% of those participating opposed lifting the ban on media at Dover. A Families United Poll showed that 64% opposed lifting the ban. Both the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars opposed it as well.

John Donovan linked in comments to something he had written for Memorial Day. It put me to mind of something I had written for a later Memorial Day.

This unnamed Soldier beckons me to do what he can not. "Remember Me and Not My Fate" It's his epitaph and my rallying cry.

Some folks have opined that we do not do enough to remember the fallen. I wave the bullcrap flag on that. The milblogs have done so much to document the fallen that it takes merely a google search to find a tribute.

For those, like Mr. Pitts, who are too lazy or might have another agenda, I submit the following so that they can understand the cost of war.

The widow who is too young to rent a car but has to live with things that older folks would curl up in a ball over.

The mother who does not let her own personal tragedy stop her from doing positive, supportive things for others.

The father who so passionately does not tire from his crusade to make sure that his son and his mission are not forgotten.

The blogger who watches so intently over this community and celebrates the heroes.

The cost of war is everywhere. It is noted and blogged about on a daily basis. The mainstream media's request to be allowed access to Dover in order to do the same rings hollow. Disingenuous.

I am going to honor that young soldier's request to remember him.
Every day.

Dover is ours.

Posted by at February 22, 2009 06:49 PM

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Dover is ours.

If anyone thinks differently, let them suit up, pick up a weapon and stand a post. Make them understand that Freedom is not free.

Posted by: CW4 at February 22, 2009 08:19 PM

Any time that I'm left speechlees is a always good sign for the Republic.

Well said, Sister Carrie.

Count me as all in.

Posted by: spd rdr at February 22, 2009 08:21 PM

Don't you dare apologize, Carrie.

I'm so happy you've been writing about this - it's important to me too.

Posted by: Cassandra at February 22, 2009 09:01 PM

The "mainstream" media is nothing but a bunch of ghouls.

"If it bleeds, it leads"? F*¬Ęk 'em...

Posted by: camojack at February 23, 2009 03:42 AM

Dover is ours.

Excellent rallying cry - because it is so true. As family members, as military dependents... Dover is ours.

Not the media.

I think we should all practice saying that, and pass it on.

Dover is ours.

Posted by: airforcewife at February 23, 2009 09:24 AM

I thought so too.

Posted by: Carrie at February 23, 2009 11:06 AM

If you're going to "...pass it on...", make sure you say it clearly and concisely, else it will end up as "Cover your arse" in the media.
Jus'...., yanno, a passing thought.

I know, I know.....back to my corner....
*digs for pointy hat*

Posted by: DL Sly at February 23, 2009 01:19 PM