Service to Mark the 3,000th American Death in Iraq – Jan. 2 — First Unitarian Church of Portland

Link: Service to Mark the 3,000th American Death in Iraq – Jan. 2 — First Unitarian Church of Portland.

6pm, Tuesday, January 2nd at 12th and Salmon in Downtown Portland.

I have thought of a career doing chaplaincy or something ministerial with veterans.  So many of them are young, in today’s New York Times analysis of the third 1,000 dead, over 85% were under age 35, nearly 1/3 were under age 25.  Heartbreaking, but also typical of those who fight and die in war.  There are over 50,000 injured, reportedly the highest injured-casualty ratio in history thanks to our great leaps in battlefield medical technology.  That means we have thousands of young adults recovering, suffering, living life in a physically, and ultimately spiritually different way.  One of my old YRUU friends is a chaplain in Afganistan, a UU, we haven’t been in touch until recently when she submitted for the UU Sankofa Project.  I’m not sure what life is like with her, but she sent a beautiful photo of herself with children.  Indeed.

I’m really happy to hear that First Portland is holding this service Tuesday.  I’ll be in Chicago and then leaving for Boston so can’t make it, but if you’re reading this and you’re in Portland, go.  Or go pay respects somewhere.

I’ve worked so closely with my age peer group for decades now, as a youth, and as a young adult, and I feel the ripples of this war in my circle of friends.  It is hard, and sometimes it just feels so unjust.

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