I just read the news which seems to back up something I noted yesterday afternoon: flags at 1/2 mast.
I was not aware of why the flags were 1/2 masted, but I am now. Apparently we lost another 3 soldiers in Afghanistan, to another IED attack. Just 1km from where 3 others of 2nd Bn Royal Canadian Regiment, were killed earlier last week.
There were some odd thoughts that passed my mind as I read the article. First there was anger and hurt; even though I do not know any of them, they are still Comrades in Arms. One soldier to another.
Then there was a great sadness that came over me. Realizing the time of year (not that the loss of a loved one is good at any time) and how their families have been preparing for another Christmas Holiday season, even though sons and brothers and fathers are overseas.
After that there was a sense of emptiness. It has no description beyond that. I started to think of the families who have gone before. Those who suffered through first 4 and then later 6 years of terrible, bloody war. I could not help but think that during those 10 years of war, millions of young men died from all countries, fighting for what they believed in. Strangely, when you think of it like that, 103 combat deaths in 6 years does not seem like much. I would never even attempt to convey or say those words to the families who are grieving even as I type this.
I can only hope that my family never has to bear witness to someone walking up the drive, in Class A's, with a Padre escort.......
Comrades in Arms.... lost, but never forgotten.
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