I don’t know if anyone else feels the same, but I felt like I didn’t spend enough time contemplating this disaster during the past couple busy news weeks. Sometimes these things are so hard to really take in. Just reading the list of their names and ages gives you some inkling of how much life, love, and potential was lost June 30.

Andrew Ashcraft, 29
Robert Caldwell, 23
Travis Carter, 31
Dustin Deford, 24
Christopher MacKenzie, 30
Eric Marsh, 43
Grant McKee, 21
Sean Misner, 26
Scott Norris, 28
Wade Parker, 22
John Percin, 24
Anthony Rose, 23
Jesse Steed, 36
Joe Thurston, 32
Travis Turbyfill, 27
William Warneke, 25
Clayton Whitted, 28
Kevin Woyjeck, 21
Garret Zuppiger, 27

Today, Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain of Arizona put a face on these lost souls for us. Fathers, fiancés, expectant fathers, brave men and protectors:

Buzzfeed has a solemn slideshow of the procession that brought these heroes home for the last time.

Prayers and thoughts for their families and friends, and thanks to all those who go, eyes wide open, into danger to protect the rest of us.