Days into the war in Iraq, the human cost of it became apparent when a U.S. Marine who grew up in Maine died. Major Jay Thomas Aubin died two days after the war started when the helicopter he was piloting crashed and killed all eleven aboard.
The private and public grieving for Aubin was the beginning of family sacrifices throughout Maine. Another family struggled when the mother and father of two young children where deployed to the Middle East by the U.S. Air Force. The children's grandparents cared for them until their parents returned more than five months later.
A pregnant wife coped as best she could while awaiting news of her husband in combat.
A new mother who was also in the Army National Guard left her four-month-old son with her husband while she was deployed.
And more war dead were remembered.