To begin, today is about war dead.

It is about those lost in military service.

It began with those bodies, those thousands of bodies strewn across backyard battlefields in states whose men fought and died and whose women wailed, unable to make sense of it all.

Those same women found ways to carry their fallen sons, fathers, brothers and lovers home, if not always in flesh, then at least in memory.

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