During the prayers of the congregation today, I found out that the cousin of a member was killed in action in Iraq last week. Since I do not personally know anyone who is active duty, two degrees of separation is about as close as I’m going to get. I believe he was pretty close to me in age.
For some reason, that roots some of the names that appear in the news in reality, just by knowing someone who knew them. Pulls them out of the number of killed and wounded.