A Minute's Remembrance, Please
Ladies and gentlemen and others, a moment of your time, please, in memory of one man who died at 22 -- and whose story stands for unnumbered others.
His name was Merlin German. He enlisted in the United States Marines at the age of 17. Within a year he was in Iraq. He spent nearly three years setting an example of survival -- one even his doctors had trouble believing; and then, one more surgery, one more graft, became one too many.
On Memorial Day, let him be remembered.
There have been 4,391 coalition deaths -- 4,079 Americans, two Australians, 176 Britons, 13 Bulgarians, one Czech, seven Danes, two Dutch, two Estonians, one Fijian, four Georgians, one Hungarian, 33 Italians, one Kazakh, one Korean, three Latvian, 22 Poles, three Romanians, five Salvadoran, four Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, two Thai and 18 Ukrainians -- in the war in Iraq as of May 23, 2008, according to a CNN count.And the LA Times has details of other casualties.
As Memorial Day approaches, let's not forget the men and women who are, today, injured, ill, or dead -- on both sides -- in this war.