Monday, March 24, 2008

4,000


4,000 - a number, a statement. a sorrow, a milestone, a millstone, a told-you-so....

What does 4,000 mean to you? Can you name one of the names? Or can you just spout a number? Do you put it on a t-shirt and think you have made a statement?

You do know that there are 4,000 names, lives, families, friends that correspond to the number?

4,000 - so many, and yet so few. So many since each life is precious. So few in comparison to any other war. In 36 days of fighting, 6,825 Americans were killed at Iwo Jima - an 8 sq mile uninhabited volcanic island.

4,000 - a number waited for anxiously, to be used as a club for opinion, by the completely insensitive - in fact, there were people rooting for the arrival of the number.

4,000 - For me it is so much more than a number. Two friends are part of that 4,000 - two people that I cared about - Sgt James Craig and Sgt Eddie Jeffers. Three members of my community are part of that 4,000 - PFC Thomas Tucker, LCpl Randy Newman, Sgt Zachary McBride. I have friends who are Gold Star Mothers - women who have lost their sons on battlefield, women who stand strong to support the mission that cost them their most precious gift, women who say "don't forget my son" - I won't forget LCpl Aaron Austin, Major Gregory Stone, PO2 Marc Lee - nor will I forget their mothers and fathers.

4,000 - Before you say the number, take the time to learn about one of these fine men or women - learn their name - celebrate their life - be grateful for their sacrifice.

4,000 is so much more than a number and those who use it as a number should be shamed and scorned.

4,000 noble, honorable men and women have sacrificed their lives for our country in the past five years. We owe them a debt of gratitude we can never repay. We owe it to all of them to know at least one of their names, one of their stories.

God Bless them all.

11 comments:

Snooper said...

These "milestone" morons don't care about American Troops. They only care about the terrorist troops.

These people are sick in the head.

God Bless Our Troops and Their Sacrifices to this country.

American Interests.blog said...

Indeed, "much more that a number". Thank you; an important post..

God bless

Sarge Charlie said...

the death clock counters make me sick. it is tragic, the loss of one fine soldier is tragic but you gave it some good perspective, I will add that on Normandy we had 9500 casualties.

Buck said...

Well said, Cynthia. We mourn, we remember, we don't forget.

I avoided all the articles and commentary on this "milestone" in the MSM because I simply could NOT stand to hear ANY agendas other than grief. Milblogs are the exception.

Cop the Truth said...

The ultimate sacrifice, never to be forgotten..

Wade Huntsinger said...

Great point. I keep hearing this number as we approached it. I wish no one had to die, but those who have and their families are why we are free. May God bless them and you!

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Flag Gazer said...

Did that make you feel better, Fred (anonymous)? Thanks for proving my point.

Donald Douglas said...

They have not fought and died in vain. Thanks for keeping their memories burning!

Ron Simpson said...

Enid, Oklahoma Army Staff Sergeant Chris Hake and three others increased the U.S. death toll in Iraq to 4,000. They were killed when the vehicle in which they were riding hit a roadside bomb. Enid police, Garfield County sheriff's deputies and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol helped guide a hearse carrying Army Staff Sergeant Chris Hake's coffin from Enid Woodring Airport through downtown Enid to Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home. He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Flag Gazer said...

Ron ~ Thank you for sharing the story of SSG Chris Hake. May he Walk with God and Be in Peace now.