I have a 10-minute commute, so I don’t listen to the radio much. Don’t hate. I’ve been driving 45-90 minutes (one way) for years.
I also don’t have cable, so I don’t watch the news. Perhaps I should have led with this instead. Then you’d feel sorry for my TVlessness.
I don’t get a newspaper either. I’m pretty much the most uninformed person ev-er.
Did you know we’ve had troops in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001 and 2003? Who knew? Not me.
Ok, so I knew that. I’m not that disconnected.
But you know what I didn’t know? Four people from my town died in Afghanistan.
And exactly 2 years ago today….
- Spc. Zachary Taylor Myers from Delaware, OH, died in an explosion in Iraq. He was 21 years old.
- Hospitalman James Ray Layton from Riverbanks, CA, died in an ambush in Afghanistan. He was 22.
CNN has an extremely sobering but informative website that shows the number of casualties in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
I encourage you to go check out the site. You can see the people who served and were from your city. It tells you where they’re from, where they died, and it shows their picture. And if you knew that person, you can post a memory about them.
For a project for work, I’m researching OEF and OIF, and that’s how I stumbled upon the CNN site.
Approximately, 2,689 soldiers have died in Afghanistan and 4,793 in Iraq. Why not take a few moments today to put a face with the numbers?