Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Brian Piercy, Gone Too Soon

July 20, 2010
The high school where I teach, Buchanan High, has the sad distinction of being disproportionately affected by loss to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Today I learned that Brian Piercy lost his life serving our country, just a month shy of returning home to his wife. He was the 7th of our young men, former students, who have fallen.

While I did not know Brian personally, I do know his brother Kevin and his mother, Carol. I can't fathom the depth of their grief in the loss of a loved and respected older brother, in the loss of a cherished and adored son. I wish them, and their whole family, love and strength and faith as they endure the most difficult task of saying goodbye.

The Memorial Garden at our school is already too big. I pray there will be no more need to add another name.


  1. Words fail me other than to express how heartbreaking I know this must be for everyone. Your H.S. must be greatly impacted. I wonder how the kids deal with it all. I'm so sorry.

  2. I just heard about Bryan yesterday when I checked my email. I used to babysit him when he was young. I happened to find your post when I was looking for more information about him. I cannot imagine what his family is going through. I will pray for his family and join you and pray there will be no more need to add another name.
    Clare Smith