At John Eaton Elementary, in Northwest D.C., about 150 school staff members, parents, students and friends gathered April 16 to dedicate a peace garden honoring Lance Cpl. Niall Coti-Sears, a former student who was killed in Kandahar province last year.
Owen Danoff plays a song he wrote to his childhood friend Lance Cpl. Niall Coti-Sears, who died last year in Afghanistan, at a dedication for a peace garden at John Eaton Elementary School. The Marine, 23, graduated from the school in 2001. In the tightknit community of Cleveland Park, where the school is located, residents aren't used to personal reminders of the tolls of the war, now in its 12th year. Bill O'Leary/THE WASHINGTON POST Buy Photo