It was earlier this morning, while checking news updates that I found, “31 US troops die in Afghanistan; many from unit that killed bin Laden“. Reading through different versions of the story, it mentioned among the dead a handler and his dog, so considering they participated in the raid on Bid Laden, the crash may have killed some of the SEAL team that got BL.
It was back in May after the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death that I wrote the column, “Some Rejoice, while Others Despair – I’m talking about Americans“. The column highlighted the words and readers’ comments related to the death of Bin Laden from another blog that I subscribe to.
When I compare these two stories and the inane comments made by some of our, for lack of better term, misguided fellow Americans, I can only hope that the loss of these brave men and the grief of their families, gives people pause to think about the cost of freedom and those willing to die to protect us and our families.
This has been an especially tough loss, but whether elite Navy SEALS and other special forces, or our regular men and women in uniform stuck in the heat and desert sands in middle-of-nowhere Afghanistan and Iraq, the loss of every life matters.
As I type these words, I can look out over a flower filled deck, green lawn, birds chirping, dogs sleeping, with peace and quiet. I’m safe. So are you. To borrow a phrase from Winston Churchill,
Never was so much owed by so many to so few
Thank you for your service. Thank you for giving your lives.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them. May the rest in peace. Amen.