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Marching into Year 10

A US soldier patrols in a poppy field.

A US soldier from Bravo Company 2-502 Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, patrol near Forward Operation Base Howz-e-Madad, Zhari district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Today, Thursday, October 7, 2010 marks the ninth anniversary of Operation Enduring Freedom. For those of us who aren’t in the fight or who have a direct relationship with someone who is, the war in Afghanistan has become an afterthought. The war has dropped from the front of the newspaper and is buried in most nightly newscasts. Some Americans are clamoring for the war’s end. Some have forgotten why we went to this war in the first place.

Either way, as the rest of us go about our daily business today, let’s all take a moment to think about what’s been gained, what’s been lost and what’s still at stake. Let’s honor those who have fallen and those who still stand to post.

  • According to, 1,321 Americans have died. From that total, 39 were Virginians.
  • As of July 2010, reports that 7,266 Americans have been wounded. 246 of those are from Virginia.
  • To date, the U.S. has spent over $350 billion supporting Operation Enduring Freedom according  to the National Priorities Project.
  • Osama Bin Laden, the purported mastermind of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, still remains at large.