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Thu Apr 16, 2015 at 05:25 PM PDT

IGTNT - A Sad Evening

by SisTwo

I Got The News Today (IGTNT) is one of the oldest continuous series on Daily Kos. It is a way for our community to pay respect to those who have died as a result of war.
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Once again, we gather to pay our respects to one who has fallen while in service to our nation. Tonight we remember the life of an airman from California. He is the first casualty from Operation Inherent Resolve in the year 2015. Last year, there were three other sad deaths, reported by the Department of Defense, of those supporting that operation.
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Sun Apr 12, 2015 at 05:00 PM PDT

IGTNT: 'It's a punch to the gut'

by maggiejean


Unable are the loved to die.  For love is immortality.  ~Emily Dickinson

I Got the News Today (IGTNT) is a diary series intended to honor service members who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The title is a reminder that almost every day a military family gets the terrible news about a loved one.

I Got The News Today (IGTNT), which began in April of 2004, is one of the oldest continuous series on Daily Kos and provides members of this community a venue to pay their respects to those who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  

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Since 2003 there have been 4489 US casualties in Iraq and since 2001 there have been 2357 US casualties in Afghanistan. Source.

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Wed Dec 31, 2014 at 05:15 PM PST

IGTNT: We Remember Them - 2014

by JaxDem

Tonight, we light a candle of memory against the darkness of grief and loss.                                                     Tonight, we remember
This retrospective is a compilation of 2014's "I Got the News Today" (IGTNT) memorial diaries from January through December. They are tributes to the American service members who died as a result of the war in Afghanistan and Operation Inherent Resolve. When you click on the links, you'll find their stories, the details that their teachers, neighbors, fellow service members and friends remember; the last phone calls home; their Facebook messages to loved ones. These are not numbers or abstractions. They were husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, parents, children, friends, colleagues, brothers and sisters in arms. Their lives mattered.

To our supporters: Please know how much your presence, witnessing, standing vigil and posting condolences meant this year and in every year of this series.

To the IGTNT team members Sandy on Signal, i dunno, noweasels, blue jersey mom, Chacounne, twilight falling, SisTwo, SpamNunn, TrueBlueMajority, CalNM, Wide Awake in Kentucky, maggiejean, Ekaterin, TheFatLadySings, Joy of Fishes, and me, JaxDem: Many blessings for your dedication and compassionate efforts in researching and writing these tributes to our nation's fallen heroes.

To the families and friends who may read this: We have not forgotten your loved one.  

As is our tradition for this end of year tribute, we have chosen "We Remember Them" by Rabbis Sylvan Kamens and Jack Riemer, to help us reflect on these losses. Thank you for being here tonight to honor, respect and remember.
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I Got The News Today (IGTNT), which is one of the oldest continuous series on Daily Kos, provides members of this community a venue to pay their respects to those who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The IGTNT  title is a reminder that nearly every day the family of an active duty service member receives the terrible news that their beloved has died.
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Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris
Spc. Wyatt J. Martin
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Sun Dec 14, 2014 at 05:32 PM PST

IGTNT: Special Forces Soldier Remembered

by CalNM

Since 2001, 2356 U.S. troops have lost their lives while serving in Afghanistan, and since 2003, 4489 U.S. troops have lost their lives while serving in Iraq.

The IGTNT (I Got The News Today) series is a reminder that nearly every day, somebody gets the heartbreaking news that a friend, former classmate, or beloved family member will not be coming home from war.

Tonight we remember a soldier killed in Afghanistan:

Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman, 29, of Noblesville, Indiana

Please take a moment below to remember him,
and all those who have died in these wars.

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In Flanders Fields
by Lt. Col. John McRae, MD,  (1872-1918)

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row
That mark our place, and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead.  Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved,
and now we lie 
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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I Got The News Today (IGTNT), the oldest continuous series on Daily Kos, provides members of this community a venue to pay their respects to those who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The IGTNT title is a reminder that nearly every day the family of an active duty service member receives the terrible news that their beloved has died.

Tonight we honor two soldiers who lost their lives supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died on Monday, November 24, 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan, when attacked with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.

Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner
Spc. Joseph W. Riley
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In Flanders Fields
by Lt. Col. John McRae, MD,  (1872-1918)

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row
That mark our place, and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead.  Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved,
and now we lie 
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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Sun Nov 02, 2014 at 05:25 PM PST

IGTNT - A Small-Town Hero Gone

by SisTwo

I Got The News Today (IGTNT) is one of the oldest continuous series on Daily Kos. It is a way for our community to pay respect to those who have died as a result of war.
The beautiful logo was created by Timroff

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Tonight we mourn the death of Corporal Jordan L. Spears, a young man who was much loved by his family and in his hometown in Indiana.

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Tonight we honor a Naval Commander who died in a non-combat-related incident at Al Udeid Air Base.

Since 2001 we have lost 2349 American troops in Afghanistan and a total of 3476 American and coalition forces.  Since 2003* we have lost 4488 American troops in Iraq and a total of 4806 American and coalition forces. (* The two troops lost in support of Operation Inherent Resolve have been added to the Operation Iraqi Freedom iCasualties Report.)

I Got The News Today (IGTNT), which is the oldest continuous series on Daily Kos, provides members of this community a venue to pay their respects to those who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The IGTNT title is a reminder that nearly every day the family of an active duty service member receives the terrible news that their beloved has died.

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The Department of Defense has announced the death of death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut, 49, of Oceanside, California, died Oct. 24, in Doha, Qatar, of a non-combat related incident at Al Udeid Air Base. He was found deceased in his room. The incident is under investigation.

He was assigned to Naval Amphibious Liaison Element, Combined Forces Air Component Center, U.S. Central Command.

Please join me tonight for a remembrance of his life.
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Semper Fidelis

More than a motto, a way of life that distinguishes the Marine Corps bond from any other. It goes beyond teamwork – it is a brotherhood and lasts for life.

Latin for "always faithful," Semper Fidelis became the Marine Corps motto in 1883. It guides Marines to remain faithful to the mission at hand, to each other, to the Corps and to country, no matter what.

Becoming a Marine is a transformation that cannot be undone, and Semper Fi reminds us of that. Once made, a Marine will forever live by the ethics and values of the Corps.  

There is no such thing as an ex-Marine.

"For 221 years our Corps has done two things for this great Nation.  We make Marines and we win battles."
  ~ Gen. Chalres C. Krulak, USMC (CMC): 5 May 1977  

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Lance Cpl Sean P. Neal
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I Got The News Today (IGTNT), which is one of the oldest continuous series on Daily Kos, provides members of this community a venue to pay their respects to those who have died as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The IGTNT  title is a reminder that nearly every day the family of an active duty service member receives the terrible news that their beloved has died.
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Major Jonathan D. Walker
Sergeant 1st Class Andrew T. Weathers
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