Respecting Iraq War Casualties in Downtown DC

If you’re in downtown Washington DC, say at the corner of 18th and K Streets NW, take a moment and look up.

There you will see this banner on a building corner that tastefully and apolitically honors and mourns the American military personnel wounded or killed in the Iraq War.

More than any Code Pink fast, this very simple and somber symbol brings the war’s terrible cost to my conscious thought. Today’s count: 27,405 wounded and 3,706 killed.

Thank you, building owners of 1799 K Street NW, for your respect of those who are giving their blood, their lives, for their country. May you be lucky enough not to have family in either count.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Married, mortgaged, and soon to be a father, Wayan Vota is in the fast lane to mid-life respectability – until the day his brood finds his intimate journal of global traveling and curses him with the ever-eternal reply “I’m gonna be just like you, Dad!”

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