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Duo’s Project Helps Bring Attention To Epidemic Of Veterans’ Suicides

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Posted: December 16, 2013

Bridget Mullin (left), 24, and Caitlin Henson, 27, carefully remove tags from the maple tree. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
Some of the more than 600 dog tags that were hung from a tree at Eastern Mennonite University in November sway from a branch on Thursday before being taken down at the end of the “Silent Witness” project. The project, in which each dog tag represented a veteran who took his or her own life, raised awareness of what many call an epidemic of suicides among the nation’s military veterans.
Closing ceremonies on Thursday included a “Circle of Silence” in memory of veterans who have committed suicide.
A breeze rustled the blank silver tags hanging on the tree’s wiry branches, causing a soft jangling noise to ring in the ears of a group of silent onlookers.

Some closed their eyes and others...

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