Editor's Choice Archive 1

Mourning Has Broken

By Patricia Keegan

On the PBS evening News Hour we watch them in silence, the Honor Roll of American military members killed in Iraq. Clear-eyed, eager, proud, some caught up in the family legacy of service to country, others jobless and willing. All trained, then flown to Iraq, young and believing that life is forever.

Adventurous, they leave behind small towns and cities that could not hold them. They leave behind families that cling to last words and promises, wondering if they should, or could have loved then more.