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Women and Sacrifice

September 9, 2007

 Nancy notes women who have died in Iraq by adding the female symbol after their name. August 8th was National Night Out. Nancy celebrated by going down to Martin Luther King Jr Blvd and drawing the names of those killed in Iraq. She started where she had left off that morning. She was writing the names of those who had died in June of 2005. 


Holly A. Charette, of Rhode Island, was 21 when she was killed. Jaime Caniglia was on the cheerleading squad with Charette in high school and worked with her at the local CVS store before Charette joined the Marines. “She was an awesome, awesome girl. She was always ready to help anyone out.” Caniglia said of her old teammate and co-worker.

Regina R. Clark, of Centralia Washington, was 43 when she was killed. A Desert Storm veteran, she was on her third deployment to Iraq. Clark was born in Germany into a Navy family. She went to college on a softball scholarship and played on her employer’s, Fuller’s Market, softball team in Centralia.


Ramona M. Valdez, of The Bronx, was 20 when she was killed. She planned to become a police officer after leaving the Marines. She is survived by her mother and sister who she lived with along with her 2 year old twin boys.

 National Night Out grew out of Take Back The Night. One of the first modern Take Back The Night rally and protest was held in San Francisco in 1978. The march protested rape and violence against women and was designed to make the streets safe for women both during the day and at night. It was chilling that Nancy would have to draw so many women’s names on National Night Out.

Military rules do not allow women to serve in combat roles. The nature of the Iraq war has forced many women into combat situations. About 88 women have died in Iraq. While the nature of the insurgence has placed many women in combat roles, the decisions of the civilian leadership in Washington also plays a major role in placing women in combat. We simply to do not have enough trained combat troops to occupy and pacify Iraq. Women, reserves, national guard and private contractors are being asked to fill the gaps with repeated and extended deployment.