There was Army 1st Sgt. Eric Emond of Brush Prairie. He was 39, a husband and father of three, when killed by an improvised explosive device in the Ghanzi province of eastern Afghanistan in 2018.
And Marine Sgt. Jason Peto of Vancouver. He was 31 when killed in 2010 by a bomb while trying to rescue a Marine who was injured by another explosion.
And Army Pvt. Andrew Shields of Battle Ground. He was 19 when killed by a suicide bomber in 2008.
There have been others, as well. At least 22 service members or contractors with Clark County ties have died in the interminable wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
With President Joe Biden announcing last week the intention to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, the cliché is to ensure that they didn’t die in vain. That U.S. efforts in the near Middle East have had a lasting positive impact. That we, essentially, remember why we were fighting and why more than 6,500 American military personal died there over the past 20 years.