by liberal japonicus
Not the usual Friday open thread. Andy Olmsted's father posted a comment on the thread about grief, and noted it has been 5 years since Andy was killed by a sniper along with Capt. Thomas Casey. If you've come to ObWi since then and are not aware of who Andy was, you might want to check out the links in the top right sidebar. I wrote to Andy's father and the main paragraph was this:
I was a regular commenter when your son was posting and moved to the front page in large part because of a desire to try and maintain the community that he and the others helped build. I know there is nothing I can say that can take away even a small part of your pain, but I hope that letting you know that even though I only had a small glimpse of Andy, I miss him too, might be of some small comfort.
Andy's dad also noted that the book where Andy's blogposts are collected is available and Andy's last post was included in Sian Price's book "If You're Reading This...: Last Letters from the Front Line", and here is a video interview with her.
In Japan, memorial services are held at specific intervals. Those intervals vary from sect to sect, but the idea of something scheduled is something that I now realize is something important, a way to shift grief from an individual burden that people are expected to bear to something built into the social fabric.
I know, not much of an open thread, but what I'm thinking about now.