Honoring Sacrifice and Loss [29 December 2013]

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 died.


Since I last posted, the Department of Defense announced the following service personnel deaths:

Marine Sgt. Daniel M. Vasselian, 27, of Abington, Massachusetts

Air Force Capt. David I. Lyon, 28, of Sandpoint, Idaho
Source 1 – Source 2

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.

National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of December 26, 2013

May international cooperation help save lives, and help the world find peace.