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This is a despicable war. But no matter how we feel about Iraq, it is important to separate the actions of “our” politicians – the president, the cabinet, the Senate and the members of Congress who took us into this quagmire and refuse to do anything purposeful to extricate us from it – from those who are on the ground involved in the actual war itself.Each year, here in America, we begin our summer with a three-day weekend that, ostensibly, is designed to honor those who have given their lives in the wars that this country has been involved in.

The day was originally observed in 1868 when flowers were placed at Arlington National Cemetery on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers who died during our own Civil War. Since then our national observances have been spotty at best. The day has become little more than a holiday with the greater goal of honoring our past just a hazy afterthought.Earlier this year, the Girl Scouts of Basalt did their part in supporting our troops. During their cookie drive, designed to raise funds for scouting, the scouts offered to send cookies that people had purchased to our soldiers in Iraq.Little did they know that they would receive a response back, but one day an e-mail showed up with the following message and a photo:

I wanted to thank the girl scouts for sending out your care packages. I was able to go pick them up last night. All the food and snacks will come in very handy. My team was really needing some food when your boxes arrived. Our supply of snacks had ran out and we were waiting on mail to show up. We appreciate all of your support and best wishes while we are over here playing in the sand box. I have attached a picture of me fixing to go out and take care of a road side bomb. I am all dressed up in full battle rattle. We will be coming home in about 3 months. Our tour is half over and pretty sure we have a few more to go. The tree ornaments got hung on the tree and the rubber duckies will be attached to our bomb truck as a little mascot. Again thank you all for all you have done. And we will be home soon.Gunny Jeffrey BratcherHurricane Point EOD Team Leader

Team leader Bratcher is picking up the slack for all of us. This Monday, he will likely take a minute to stop and remember the 3,434 U.S. servicemen and women who have lost their lives fighting this despicable war.Let’s all do the same.

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