The death of a young person is a sad event and the death in Iraq of U.S. Marine Cpl. Nathan Schubert seemed particularly so.
Those who knew the 2001 graduate of Washington High School in Cherokee speak of him with respect and affection. He will be missed.
But as is often the case with tragedy, inspiration and reason for pride arose from the grief.
The funeral at Washington High School drew hundreds to pay their respects. Hundreds more lined the highway as Nathan Schubert's coffin was transported from Washington High School to the Galva Cemetery.
A Marine Honor Guard, the VFW post from Cherokee, American Legion Posts from Quimby, Washta, Galva and Holstein, uniformed scouts and flag waving citizens all contributed to the solemn dignity of the event.
Let's hope that we never have to again bury a local young person as the result of war, but if we do, a tribute such as that given to Nathan Schubert would again bring honor to the communities involved.