Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Remembering those lost

I stand firm on support for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the overall mission of taking war to the terrorists. We must never forget the sacrifices of those lost, however.

The current toll is over 1700 souls, but the number doesn't really tell the tale completely. To help bring home the cost and personalize it, check out this site from the Palm Beach Post. You may zoom in on areas of the map, and select a dot, to see the names of the service members lost from those communities...

(Click map to connect to live site)

The Cost in Lives

Thanks to Cassandra at Villainous Company for sharing the link.


Boquisucio points out in the comments that the interactive map only displays the lower 48 states plus the District of Columbia, not Hawaii or Alaska, and also does not include the territories. This is a really good point.

I explored the map, and found that once you open the interactive page, you can read the Editor's Note to find this addendum...

The casualties reflected on this map are names released by the Pentagon as of Wednesday, June 29. It doesn't include 37 soldiers whose hometowns were in other states, U.S. territories and, in one case, a different country:

Puerto Rico, 20
Hawaii, 5
American Samoa, 4
Federated States of Micronesia, 2
Virgin Islands, 2
Alaska, 1
Guam, 1
Northern Mariana Islands, 1
United Kingdom, 1