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May 21, 2009



It was interesting to see you post this. My husband just returned from a trip to Europe, touring the significant battle memorials of the Western Front in WWI. As we discussed it, I was similarly overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of casualties -- sometimes tens of thousands in a single day. As Americans, we saometimes can't understand why people still talk about these wars in Europe. The Russians, French, Belgians, and Germans live with reminders of these losses daily, however. It's changed my perspective; when I see signs here in the US that read "Freedom Isn't Free", I sometimes wonder if many of us genuinely understand what that means. Because I'll bet EVERY citizen of those European countries understands it.

I echo your thoughts for this Memorial Day.

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