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Mary McHugh visited the grave of her fiancé, Sgt. James J. Regan, who was killed
While today is the day that we set aside to honor all service men and women who have given their lives for this country, it is impossible not to pay special attention to those who are dying as we speak in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We've printed the picture below here at 2pj many times because our current Administration continues to refuse to fully honor our fallen by spiriting in their coffins in the dead of night and by their absence at any funerals of those who have perished in Iraq. This is a reminder that this photograph was taken, by necessity, in secret while our Commander in Chief has asked no greater sacrifice of the American people than that they go shopping.
Since Memorial Day 2006, over 1,000 more soldiers have died.
As of last Thursday, 3,441 soldiers have died in Iraq. Another 25,242 have been wounded.
The number of Iraqi civilians killed and wounded is unknown.
You can see all the names of U.S. Troops killed in Iraq from March 21, 2003 to May 25, 2007 here.
You can view a list of Memorial Day events in Pittsburgh here.
However one may feel about this war, I know that all who are reading these words will give pause today to remember those who have, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, given "the last full measure of devotion."