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For families of war dead, Christmas brings grief

For families of war dead, Christmas brings grief

"There's a grief that can't be spoken.

There's a pain goes on and on.

Empty chairs at empty tables

Now my friends are dead and gone."

— Marius, from the musical "Les Miserables"

"It's the most wonderful time of the year," Andy Williams reminds us over tinny speakers in crowded shopping malls. It may be wonderful for the majority, but for those whose fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers or children have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is a void this Christmas, and Christmases to come, that can never be filled. It is the same in every war.

Memories of Christmases past can only add to the pain, especially for those...

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