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Casualties of war

Five days after Veterans Day, another veteran died. Next month, Edward Kielich, 86, formerly of South Buffalo, will be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.

Edward Kielich came home in 1946 but in reality his family lost him 64 years ago, on the beaches of Normandy and the battlefields of of France. The happy young man they sent to fight for his country in World War II returned as a ghost of his former self. The shell-shocked soldier spent the rest of his long life in a Veterans Affairs nursing home.

We salute Edward Kielich for the life he sacrificed so long ago, and in this Thanksgiving week, in this election month, in these troubled times, we remember all those others who served and are serving.

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