In about five or so minutes, I was able to find five sites that exist to help us remember those that have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. I think it's only appropriate--an obligation, even--to see their faces, names, hometowns today.
The third, Map the Fallen, was featured on CNN yesterday and is probably the most comprehensive and interactive out there. You just need to have Google Earth installed. All of them are pretty stunning.
Faces of the Fallen
Map the Fallen
Honor the Fallen
Imagine how many there would be if this kind of thing existed for all our modern wars. Let's not forget about those service members, too.
Isn't it so weird that this "holiday" has evolved into barbeques and fireworks? Shouldn't we be sad? I dunno...I get that way a little.
But I guess it's also about grasping onto your family, literally tugging on the fabric of their shirts. I'll be smelling the back of my baby's neck, watching my son's forehead wrinkle with his laughter (his protests), and taking a minute to watch my husband's eyes when he talks.
Maybe I'll even be petting the goddamn cats.