Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Help America Remember What We Have Lost?

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Help America Remember What We Have Lost?

As the five year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq approaches, Military Spouses for Change (MSC) is inviting you to join us as we remember our fallen soldiers on Sunday, March 16th.

Fort Hood has lost the most soldiers in the nation to the war in Iraq. While the DoD considers the number to be 432, an NPR article (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7550621) about Fort Hood's Gold Star Families (written nearly a year ago) had that number at more than 600. We suspect the DoD figure may only cover fatalities from hostile fire and not suicides, friendly fire, and/or deaths NOT immediately following their injuries.

MSC is going to be place a cross in the grass next to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Copperas Cove for every soldier we believe has been lost to us here at Fort Hood. That means we are going to place 600 crosses in the grass so every person who drives by can see that the cost of war (any war) is best understood in human terms because it is being paid for with human lives--those of the soldiers and those of their families. We would also like to remind those who pass by that there is nothing routine about the war in Iraq, nothing routine about any war.

MSC is inviting members of the public as well as members of the military to read names off our list of Fort Hood fatalities. We currently have a list of 432 (from the DoD). We are going to look for additional names here at Fort Hood.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in helping put up crosses (we will start placing the crosses on the grass at 11 am), reading the names (we will start the roll call at 1 or 2 pm), speaking about someone you have lost, or otherwise helping with the event, please contact Cynthia Thomas at 254.768.8300.

Chelsea Hover from News Channel 8 Austin will be covering the event.

Carissa Picard
Military Spouses for Change


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On the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War help the Fort Hood community honor the fallen of this war, help make the memorial a lasting tribute that will live in people's hearts and minds for years to come, these 600 men and women and their families deserve this much.

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