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As the “Big Wars” fade into history, Memorial Day has progressively become less about memorializing and more about weenie roasts. One reason is the relatively low casualty rate from Iraq and Afghanistan. As a vet, I’m thankful for that — but no less determined to remember the fallen. And as a combjat journalist, I’ve met some remarkable people who I couldn’t forget if I tried — which I’d never want to do.
When I first arrived in May 2006, the city of Ar Ramadi was the headquarters of Al Qaeda in Iraq. It was the beginning of the Battle of Ramadi and not for nothing did terrorist graffiti call it “The Graveyard of the Americans.”
The article goes on to state the following:
Half of American casualties at this time were coming from this little place. For a reason: This was where the war would be decided, not where the press corps was ensconced in Baghdad.
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