My family is a military one—I have a retired Navy father and a Marine brother, and my ship date to Navy basic is less than a week away. We have all personally felt the touch of war's pain. Jack McCallum's words inspired me and reminded me of why I'm going and why I'm proud of my military heritage.
Emily Sasse, Spokane
McCallum's moving story ignores the most obvious factor linking these young men—that there was no reasonable justification for the wars in which they died. The story leaves the impression that deaths incurred in war are to be viewed like those caused by illness or age, as an inevitable part of life, rather than the result of the failures and crimes of politicians.
William Beeman, Detroit
Please be assured, Mrs. Arciola, that when my son and his teammates take to Arciola Field this weekend to play the Elmsford Little Leaguers, Mikey's memory will live on.
Julian Emanuel, Scarsdale, N.Y.
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