On Memorial Day, Marissa Martinez Brown will join thousands on a beach in Honolulu to float lighted lanterns, each bearing a remembrance of a loved one lost over the years, into the water.
While Brown, 43, will be in a crowd Monday, in many ways, her grief is increasingly a lonely one. Her husband died in December from wounds suffered in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan the month before.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Allan E. Brown, 46, of Takoma Park, is a casualty of a war that in its 16th year is America's longest, and yet one that much of the public has tuned out, even before combat operations were declared over in 2014.
"It was supposed to be over," Marissa...