Tenth Anniversary of the Iraq War: The North Shore Reflects
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. How did the conflict affect your family?
Ten years ago today U.S. forces led the invasion of Iraq.
President Barack Obama took the troops out of Iraq a year ago, leaving the country "teetering between progress and chaos," according to a Washington Post overview. But whatever the outcomes of the war in Iraq itself, the conflict certainly had its effects here on the North Shore.
Those consequences can be seen most clearly in the young men and women from North Shore towns who fought in Iraq — and died there.
Two Swampscott High graduates, Army Specialist Jared Raymond and Marine Capt. Jennifer Harris, both lost their lives in the war. Wakefield's Army Staff Sgt. Joseph Bellavia also died in Iraq. Army Sgt. Benjamin Mejia, of Salem, is among the North Shore casualties of the conflict.
Aside from those who lost their lives in Iraq, many more people served their country and returned home to the North Shore. Count among them Nathan Gray of Lynn, an Iraq war veteran recently profiled in the Item for the landscaping business he started. And Patch covered joyous events, too, like the Thanksgiving visit home to Swampscott of Navy pilot James Morrison, who flew missions in Iraq.
But the U.S. has an all-volunteer military, leaving the vast majority of families without a loved one in harm's way. Even for these families, the Iraq War is certainly an historic event.
How did the war affect you and your family? What impact did it have on your town? Share your thoughts with other North Shore residents in the comments below.