Saturday, April 21, 2007

Virginia Memorialized in Afghanistan

In the war, I find myself desensitized to the deaths back in the states. Well, that, and last year I was working in Afghanistan I lost a few friends, one in Seattle to mass killing at a party. I was surprised to get this press release today from ISAF, NATO's soldiers in Afghanistan.
FARAH, Afghanistan (21 April) – Soldiers and sailors of the Farah Provisional Reconstruction Team (PRT) here gathered Friday for a memorial service in remembrance of the students killed and wounded in the Virginia Tech massacre.

“We value human life, whether it is in Afghanistan, or Blacksburg, Virginia,” said Frank Hughlett, PRT Farah commander, a Virginia Tech graduate.
“We’re far from home. And whether it’s 33 Afghans or 33 Americans, the value of human life is precious, and we’re here to safeguard it and enhance the human condition any way we can.”

Flags were lowered to half-mast as Capt. Terry Hestilow, a former Baptist pastor, led the troops in a prayer that the families and the victims of the tragedy would be comforted.

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