Saturday, May 08, 2004

A Different Mother's Day

More than 10,000 Iraqi civilians have perished in the last year. Their mothers will be without their children on Sunday.

The mothers of 767 deceased American troops will be without their children this Mother's Day.

"There have been 873 [total] coalition deaths, 767 Americans, 59 Britons, six Bulgarians, one Dane, one Estonian, 17 Italians, two Poles, one Salvadoran, 11 Spaniards, two Thai and six Ukrainians, in the war as of May 7, 2004," according to CNN. And every Mother's Day here on out will be painful for the parents of these service women and men.

Approximately 135,000 mothers of American troops currently serving in Iraq won't see their children this Mother's Day.

I searched high and low to find stats on the number of mothers-in-uniform currently serving in Iraq and came up empty. Nevertheless, it's too hard to understand the magnitude of the loss when you're just looking at numbers.

So, let's meet Pfc. Lori Piestewa. You may remember her as being part of Jessica Lynch's ambushed unit.

Mom, soldier and Hopi Indian: 'She fought and died valiantly'

By Jeordan Legon

...A gentle snow swept across Arizona's Painted Desert April 5, the same day the Pentagon announced the death of Pfc. Lori Piestewa.

The soldier, a mother of two believed to be the first American Indian woman ever killed in combat, was the pride of the Hopi Indians living in Tuba City, Arizona. In this tightknit town of 9,000, the unseasonable flurry signified Piestewa's spiritual journey home.

"In the Hopi belief, when one is deceased, they come back home. They visit the family, their community through the moisture," Hopi Tribal Chairman Wayne Taylor told reporters after the snowfall. "And this is what happened just a while ago. So I think we were blessed today."

Read the rest here.

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