The worst day ever for the families of a Soldier, Sailor, Marine, or Airman is the day they have you sign all the papers… with the word DECEASED next to a name. So quickly one soul – whose touch, taste, laugh, voice, eyes, smile, scent, cooking, habits, passion dissolves into nothing more than a powerful memory and ink on paper. Their body is traded for a small pin, with a gold star fixed onto a blue field.

There are no political identifications made when a soldier dies. It is the footprints they left in the hearts of others which matters. For those who support the troops, we should remember this. Two brave voices, Sgt. Yance Gray & Sgt. Omar Mora, who walked the walk and talked the talk – who wore our nation’s uniform – then died in that uniform… spoke out against the War in Iraq in an OpEd for the New York Times with five other soldiers. In a horrific accident, they were taken from their families and from this earth.

In honor of their sacrifice, I hope you will have a moment of silence or a a moment of prayer, and consider the people who loved them. Life seldom provides us with answers. But for these families, they will have far more unanswered questions than most.

Thanks to Michael & Kyle at Comments from Left Field for bringing this to my attention, you are one of the good guys. Your words say it the very best: “You don’t have to agree with the Iraq War to support the brave men and women in our armed forces. You don’t have to agree with the politics. The way I see it, it all comes down to that oath, and what it stands for.”

Please support the Mora & Gray families by visiting the Fisher House folks HERE.

— Media Lizzy