Most Important That Soldiers Not Be Forgotten

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Editor:

I agree that whether a list of war casualties shows honor or disrespect depends on the intention of those who create or publish the list, as you wrote in your editorial, "Does a list of war casualties honor or disrespect the dead?" on Jan. 8.

If the list is intended to honor the fallen, who is the list for? The list is for the relatives and friends.

I have had face-to-face conversations and e-mail exchanges with thousands of relatives and friends of the men and women who died in the Vietnam War. To many of those people, having their friend or loved one's name on a list or a memorial is tangible evidence the man or woman once lived, once breathed, is loved and is not forgotten.

Not forgotten: That's what it's all about.

Jim Schueckler, Founder of The Virtual Wall, www.VirtualWall.org, Le Roy, NY

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