Their men already were members of an elite fraternity: U.S. Army Special Operations, for soldiers who have “eagerly sought and accepted our nation’s most difficult missions against our most dangerous enemies.”
They’re members of their own grim confederacy now, the Gold Star Families, for the parents, children, spouses and siblings of soldiers killed while in service to their country. They gathered Thursday for a somber ceremony at Fort Bragg to honor the seven lives – and deaths – that forever join them together.
In the week of Memorial Day, when Americans honor all their war dead in countless ceremonies and parades, the grief of these families is among the freshest. Each of these seven Green Beret soldiers was killed since the last such gathering, just a year ago, on the plaza outside the Army’s Special Operations Command headquarters building at Fort Bragg.