Morning Edition, July 1, 2005 · At two war memorials in Washington, D.C., visitors discuss American involvement in Iraq and the idea of sacrifice during wartime. Many say they feel no direct connection to this war; but some have relatives in the service.
Jessie, who listens to KWMU in the St. Louis area.
"I'm an 18-year-old kid in college who has listened to NPR obsessively for several years. I [heard this story as I] was driving to work at 8:45 a.m... The last few questions were directed at a group of African American women and their Girl Scouts from rural Mississippi. Each woman had an immediate family member -- brother, son and husband -- in Iraq. I teared up when the woman asked the wife what Americans could do for the soldiers. 'Just pray,' she answered softly."