The Ultimate Sacrifice

Christine Whelan | Posted on 06/29/10

If one good thing has come out of the Gen. McChrystal mess, it's that media attention has once again swung to the escalating death toll of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

It's CNN, in particular, who captured my attention recently, with a new interactive online feature, Home and Away. Designed in a year-long partnership with Stamen Design and launched for Memorial Day this year, the site tracks service members' hometowns against a map of where they died in Afghanistan. The feature also highlights memories of the fallen by friends and families.

I just caught a mention of it on CNN yesterday. As the anchor showed the maps and told stories of young men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice, I got quite emotional.

This Independence Day, let's remember the brave men and women who are risking it all to protect us.

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