THE ISSUE:The death of Osama bin Laden.
OUR VIEW:His demise came with an awful cost.
Three weeks from today, Kokomo High School will recognize the Class of 2011. Many students will receive grants for college.
One graduating senior will be awarded the James Swain Memorial Scholarship. Beginning with a $3,705 donation from Swain’s family and Kokomo High School teachers, money has been given to the student “who exhibits exemplary traits of service to the community” since 2006.
We hope this year’s winner takes a few moments to remember Swain, his loved ones and the thousands of U.S. armed forces personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Marine Lance Cpl. James Swain died in Fallujah, Iraq, from small-arms fire Nov. 15, 2004. “He always did things that made us proud,” his father, Dan, told us.
Cpl. Swain also made his country proud.
Four years after his death, his family received the Intelligence Community Medal for Valor on behalf of their son and brother. The Marine Corps dedicated a building attached to Hochmuth Hall, the Corps’ intelligence command center in Quantico, Va., as the James E. Swain Annex.
Swain wasn’t the first area serviceman to die during our almost 10-year war on terror. He wasn’t the last.
Before him there were Army National Guard Spc. Brian Michael Clemens of Kokomo, Army Pvt. Robert McKinley of Kokomo, Army Sgt. Jarrod Black of Peru and Marine Cpl. Lance Thompson of Marion.
After Swain, there were Army Spc. Nathan J. Frigo of Kokomo, Army Sgt. Rickey Jones of Kokomo and Army Pfc. David Neil Simmons of Kokomo.
All were loved. All are missed.
A team of Navy SEALs Sunday killed the man behind the Sept. 11 attacks, Osama bin Laden. His apprehension was the principal reason this decade-long war was launched.
News of bin Laden’s death triggered celebrations outside the White House and in lower Manhattan where the Twin Towers once stood. Yet his religious militant organization, al-Qaida, remains a worldwide terror threat.
One thousand five hundred sixty-six U.S. servicemen have died in Afghanistan fighting terror. Another 4,452 have been killed in Iraq.
Their sacrifice – Swain’s sacrifice – deserves reverence, not revelry.