From Phillip Martin:
Since the commencement of the War in Afghanistan and the War in Iraq, there have been 3,057 coalition deaths, of which are 2,754 Americans, including 234 native Texans. Below are the names, ages, hometowns, and date of death of those native Texans that have died in the past few years.
The average age of the 234 Texans is 25.8.
We ask that you take time from your holiday schedule to stop, reflect, and pray for those brave men and women who have fought and died while serving their country.
I can't say it any better than that. I wish I had more to offer to these valiant men and women and their loved ones than my sincere condolences and gratitude. Please read Phillip's list, and remember their names.
UPDATE: Aaron Pena remembers Edinburg's fallen sons.
Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 29, 2006 to The great state of Texas
Not to politicize Memorial Day in any way but I can help noticing the number of Hispanic surnames when reading that list of the fallen.
Doubtless many of these men and women were born in this country and are from families that have been here for many generations. But I would chance a guess that some portion were immigrants or the children of immigrants.
At a time when the cost of immigration is being debated, I think it is important to note the price paid by some on behalf of this country.