I started posting the flowers as I was watching the local morning news. As the photos posted the anchor started to talk about three Minnesota men who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. A week ago three others were laid to rest after being killed in Afghanistan. Six more promising lives turned to dust.
It seems we have become so accustomed to our occupation of Iraq and our presence in Afghanistan that we hardly consider it any more. I have seen the faces of six young Minnesotan men who will never smile again. Never tell someone how much they love them. Never fulfill the promise of their lives. For what?
So I posted the flowers anyway. Beauty among the detritus of a morality gone wrong.