Thursday, June 30, 2005

Two women

Natalee Holloway

Natalee Holloway, 18, of Mountain Brook, Ala., disappeared while on a chaperoned five-day class trip. Local and U.S. authorities have led a search for her; local authorities have detained two former hotel security guards and three students in her disappearance.
Number of stories listed on Google News as of June 30: 11,200

Corporal Ramona Valdez

She wanted to serve her country and make her immigrant mom proud.
In the end, Cpl. Ramona Valdez did so much more - before making the ultimate sacrifice.

Valdez, a Bronx native, was one of six U.S. military personnel - four of them women - killed in Iraq when a suicide bomber struck their convoy near Fallujah last Thursday.

All her life, Valdez accomplished things ahead of her time. She graduated from a Bronx high school at 15. She joined the U.S. Marine Corps when she was 17 - her mom co-signing the papers because she was too young to commit herself.

She married at 18, finding love in a fellow Marine, Cpl. Armando Guzman.

And when she died, she was only three days from her 21st birthday.

Number of stories listed on Google News as of June 30: 90

Somehow I doubt that there will be over 11,000 stories about Cpl. Valdez in two weeks' time.

Lest we forget.


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