As I reconfigured my NetNewsWire feeds to have more news source subscriptions early this morning I came across something that stopped me dead in my tracks and stuck me about how powerfully the internet has brought this war home for me ... and anyone who visits the Witmar Family's website. The AP is reporting a story about Michelle Witmar, a Wisconsin National Guard MP, killed in Iraq this week. When I got to the bottom of the story I saw the link to the family's website. On it are pictures of their three daughters that are full of life. Just last week Michelle and her sister teased her father about updating the site. Everyday I wish I was there to help but I can't, and then I wish no one was there, but then I realize it it too late to wish for that. I begin to think of the bloggers from Iraq, the e-mails from my fellow former ROTC cadets and National Gaurd members. I remember the words of my grandfather as he told me about Pearl Harbor and Anzio when I asked him if he was a hero and he said: "No I was in the wrong place at the wrong time." I pray for the Witmar family today. I pray for my friends in Iraq everyday. I am not one to pray as often as that, however, sometimes life is brought into perspective by personal contact and stories ... this is one of those times thanks to the newfangled internet and old fashioned duty and courage.