May 30, 2006

Reading about Memorial Day and wondering

I was reading...
President George W. Bush said on Monday that the nearly 300,000 soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery were a reminder of the importance of completing the U.S. mission in Iraq. Bush was making his annual Memorial Day visit to the cemetery, where he laid a wreath at the white marble Tomb of the Unknowns. He noted that 270 of the 296,000 soldiers buried at Arlington had lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. "The best way to pay respect is to value why a sacrifice was made," the president said. "We will honor them by completing the mission for which they gave their lives."[source]

and I was wondering...

What better way to honor your dead by NOT adding more dead? Or injured. What mission?