I knew that it had been going on for a long time but I didn’t realize that we were about to begin its fifth year. I was certainly aware that the war goes on and people continue to die but I’m afraid that I might be getting used to the daily headlines and it begins to seem like a vague tale of events occuring in a distant land. It is only when I hear of a young man (or woman) from the area heading off to Iraq that it suddenly becomes very real, and close to home, once again.
Perhaps recognizing the anniversary will help keep it in the forefront of my mind.
On Monday, March 19th, there will be a gathering in Bridge Square in downtown Northfield at 12 pm and a vigil at Buntrock Commons on the St. Olaf campus at 5 pm. Hopefully, it will dispell some of the numbness that can result from the seemingly endless stories of the on-going war.