Memorial Day 2010 took on new meaning to hundreds of American families this year.
For families across the country, life as they knew it, life as they planned, ended with a knock on the door, a somber message, and a flag-draped coffin.
Last year was the deadliest yet for American soldiers and Marines serving in Afghanistan with deaths up more than double any previous year. Meanwhile, young men and women continue to lay down their lives in Iraq, even as troop withdrawals continue.
This year threatens to be worse as President Obama's promised "surge" of 30,000 troops to fight in the deserts, the mountains and the fields of Afghanistan hits its crest, and the annual summer surge of Taliban-initiated attacks and bombings intensify through September.
We commend our troops and we support them.
On Memorial Day we honored them, and the thousands fallen through the generations before, for their service and their sacrifice.
Thehandful of Memorial Day services scattered throughout Lee County this holiday weekend for those who agree combat deaths did not go unmarked.
With the holiday passed, please continue to remember our troops and, especially, the fallen. When duty called, they did not forget us.
- Breeze editorial