As an advocate for peace, I choose to take the time at least once weekly to remember the cost of war to civilians, and to remember the friends and families of United States service personnel who have been killed.
This past week, the Department of Defense announced the following service personnel deaths:
Spc. Angel L. Lopez, 27, of Parma, Ohio
Lance Cpl. Jeremiah M. Collins, Jr., 19, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, of San Diego, California
Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Sgt. Joseph M. Peters, 24, of Springfield, Missouri
Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Oregon
This past week, the Department of Defense identified and accounted for the following service personnel:
Army Air Force 1st Lt. Robert G. Fenstermacher, 23, of Scranton, Pennsylvania
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Henry S. White, 23, of Kansas City, Missouri
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Thomas L. Meek, 19, of Lisbon, Louisiana
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert E. Pietsch, 31, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
U.S. Air Force Maj. Louis F. Guillermin, 25, of West Chester, Pennsylvania
It is also easy to forget that the human cost of war extends beyond combat-related deaths.
May the friends and families of those who have died find peace. May those in combat areas, as well as their friends and families, find peace. May returned veterans find peace. May those who experience the mental health costs of war find peace. May the world find peace.