Amherst College Chapel Hill
Our b-i-g flag in town center is in a position of mourning today, as it was yesterday and will be tomorrow to honor three Massachusetts men serving in the armed forces who perished this month, all of them in country.
Yesterday Governor Patrick wished to honor Marine Cpl. Kevin Dabrowski of Webster and tomorrow U.S. Army SPC David A. Mulno of Tewksbury. Both of whom succumbed in vehicular accidents.
Although U.S. Army MSG Gregory R. Trent, age 38, of Norton, who we honor today, died at Bethesda Naval Hospital a week after being wounded by small arms fire in Afghanistan.
That certainly demonstrates how swiftly the military recovers their wounded and gets them to highly skilled help. Unfortunately, in this case, not in time to preserve life. So far this year we have lost 308 troops in Afghanistan, 245 of them to hostile action.
On 9/11 we lost 2,997 souls to hostile action, 98% of them civilians. Or as Mayor Giuliani so eloquently stated, "more than we can bear."