The thing that makes me so viscerally angry when Doonesbury and Nightline and others just list the names of the heroic fallen in Iraq is that in doing so they treat them like traffic accident victims. No mention of the cause they died for. No mention of all the good they did while alive. No mention of 25 million people freed from brutal tyranny and given a chance at democracy, freedom, and a better future. Just a name, and an implied "what a waste of a life."
Today we honor those that fought and died in freedom's cause. It cheapens their memory and tarnishes their legacy to act as though they died for nothing. We should not only honor their sacrifice, but also celebrate what they sacrificed for.