There they go, off to war,
Leaving loved ones, whose hearts are sore.
Children weep in their mothers' keep,
As they hear their fathers' leaving feet.
Wives and mothers cannot speak,
Watching them leave makes them feel weak.
But, they know they must be strong,
For they might hear the bells toll,
Dong, dong, dong, dong,
And sincerely hope that they are wrong,
That their beloveds, whose love they've won,
Will return to them when all is done.
- Amy Allison, written when she was 12 years old.
May we take a moment to linger over each of the following names--their ages, where they lived, envisioning what each might have left behind, imagining the dreams that died alongside them.... Whether one is for or against the war on terror that these courageous young men and women were fighting in, they deserve our attention, acknowledgment, respect, appreciation, and mourning. May they rest in peace. And someday, in the not too distant future please, may we learn how to live in peace.
Army Spc. Eric R. Sieger, 18, of Layton, Utah
Army Sgt. Maj. Michael C. Mettille, 44, of West St. Paul, Minnesota
Marine Cpl. Richard O. Quill III, 22, of Roswell, Georgia
Army Pfc. Kenneth T. Butler, 21, of East Liverpool, Ohio
Army Pfc. David C. Armstrong, 21, of Zanesville, Ohio
Marine Gunnery Sgt. Terry J. Elliott, 34, of Middleton, Tennessee
Navy Hospitalman Matthew G. Conte, 22, of Mogadore, Ohio
Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason G. Defrenn, 34, of Barnwell, South Carolina
Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Keith Yoakum, 41, of Hemet, California
Army Capt. Kevin C. Landeck, 26, of Illinois
Army Staff Sgt. Terrence D. Dunn, 38, of Houston, Texas
Army Spc. Alan E. McPeek, 20, of Tucson, Arizona