Regardless of your politics this picture is sure to move you. The image moved me quite deeply and I am yet to fully figure out why. I think it has to do with the fact that the soldier in the boxers looks very childlike even in his posture. There is an innocence to him. He looks like he might as well be at a sleep over playing games with his buddies. Only that this is real and it takes one determined enemy to take life out of him.
Many of us do indeed forget the role American troops play in our lives.
If you live or have lived in America you owe a lot of gratitude to those that are fighting America's wars. Pictures like this are a good reminder.
In this May 11, 2009 file photo, soldiers from the U.S. Army First Battalion, 26th Infantry take defensive positions at firebase Restrepo after receiving fire from Taliban positions in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar Province. Spc. Zachery Boyd of Fort Worth, Texas, far left was wearing "I love NY" boxer shorts after rushing from his sleeping quarters to join his fellow platoon members. From far right is Spc. Cecil Montgomery of Many, La. and Jordan Custer of Spokan, Wash, center. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says American soldiers have more than their military might and training on their side in the war in Afghanistan. Some have pink underwear. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, FILE)