As the country fights the global war on terror, the conflicts have been a constant in the news. In honor of the 10 year anniversary of YNN, Bill Carey looks back at the wars that have dominated our headlines in the last decade.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Wars are a reminder of a reality that many Americans often forget. For nearly 13 years, the United States has been at war in Afghnistan, and later Iraq.
Military movements designed to respond to global terrorism have led to thousands of processions and funerals. They have become familiar scenes across the country.
At Fort Drum, there has always been a sense of pride where the 10th Mountain Division was able to claim the status of "most deployed" in the Army. However, a decade of conflict has intensifed those deployments as more and more of the unit's ranks return from overseas wounded and disabled.
Political leaders have often used Fort Drum as a venue for discussion of national military policy. During the turmultuous debate over the way in Iraq, Fort Drum was the place where former Vice President Dick Cheney rejected pressure for a pullout.
He said, "All Americans can be certain any decisions about troop levels will be driven by conditions on the ground and the judgments of our commanders, not by artificial timelines set by politicians in Washington, D.C."
However, with two wars winding down, it will ease a continud strain on members of the National Guard who have faced a heavy demand for deployment overseas.
Although the global war on terror continues, the major military operations have ended in Iraq, and are expected to end within a year in Afghanistan. It has left many hopeful that the familiar scene will change from tributes for fallen warriors, to reunions between those warriors who are finally able to come home.