Earlier this month, on April 4, a man rode a motorcycle into a park in Afghanistan and set off a bomb, killing himself and a dozen others.
Among the dead were three soldiers from an Ohio National Guard unit.
The wounded included young soldiers from Hicksville and Bryan.
The day before, on April 3, an Army staff sergeant originally from Toledo was killed while on a walking patrol in Afghanistan.
Reports say close to 2,000 members of the U.S. military have been killed in Afghanistan in more than
a decade of war. Reports of the dead trickle in constantly; a few soldiers killed this week, more last month.
This time, all four killed were from Ohio; some of the wounded were from neighboring communities.
In war, there are no rules, except people and soldiers die. War is terrible, and the cost is immeasurable.
Yet, American men and women continue to volunteer for the armed forces. They step forward to serve their country despite the risk.
Those who serve, who lay down their lives for America, richly deserve whatever honors they receive.