If you've been following the Wyandotte Protest, you know that last week we protested on Friday as well as Saturday. If you look at the pictures on the sidebar, you will see that each one features the total number of U.S. fatalities in Iraq at the end of that week, usually updated on Saturday mornings right before we meet. Last week I updated the number on Friday evening, to 3,577, and then again on Saturday, to 3,578. The difference of that last digit has been weighing heavily on my mind. I've been wondering about the person who lost their life between the time we protested on Friday and when I updated the number the next morning. Each number represents a life cut tragically short, a devastated family, and a bereft community. The enormity of that is hard to grasp, which is why we update the number and post the pictures here. But I was curious about the one person whose death necessitated the changing of my sign from one day to the next. Here's what I learned:
He was Specialist James Lee Adair, 26, a U.S. army infantryman from Carthage, Texas. He was recently married, and expecting his first child in September. He was killed on June 29, 2007 after his vehicle struck an explosive.