“I am announcing that the American combat mission in Iraq has ended. Operation Iraqi Freedom is over,” declared the President on Tuesday night in prime time TV.
So yesterday officially marked
the end of combat operations in Iraq. Four thousand, four hundred and seventeen troops heroically and sacrificially gave their lives.
Speaking as a mother only, I can't help but wonder what makes today different from yesterday in Iraq?
Did we win???
AMONG THE LAST OF THE FALLEN IN IRAQ:
Below are respectfully noted as being among the last to give their all. I salute them and my heart and prayers go out to their families.
Army Sgt. Faith R. Hinkley
Died August 07, 2010 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom
23, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; assigned to 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; died Aug. 7 in Baghdad, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked her unit in Iskandariya, Iraq.
Army Sgt. Brandon E. Maggart
Died August 22, 2010 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom
24, of Kirksville, Mo.; assigned to the 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash; died Aug. 22 at Basrah, Iraq, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using indirect fire.
Many years ago I had the privilege of accompanying my Dad back to Guadalcanal where he served in WWII. As we stood and gazed over the waters of Iron Bottom Sound, I'll never forget him telling me about how it had been his job duty to scoop dead bodies up out of the water as their boat searched around those waters after a severe attack from the Japanese.
He said if anyone had ever been in a war and knew what it was like, there would never be anymore wars.
He followed up by saying what so many before have said, "War is hell".
I believed him then...I believe him now.
(My Dad and I standing on top of "Bloody Ridge" in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. Many, many troops lost their lives there.)
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.Romans 12:18