“KILLEEN, Tex. — Sgt. First Class Ramon Morris, a muscular dynamo and a father on his fifth deployment, was killed Dec. 12 in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan. But in the state of New York, where he grew up in Queens as a Jamaican immigrant eager to serve, flags at government buildings were not lowered to half-staff until 10 days after his death — and only, his friends say, after they complained.

“They had forgotten. We had to call to remind them,” said Danielle Jones, a longtime friend of the sergeant. “The whole country has forgotten. People don’t realize we still have troops risking their lives out there.”

On Wednesday, as 2014 came to a close, the United States and allied forces formally turned over combat operations in Afghanistan to Afghans, officially ending the longest war in America’s history, and starting a new struggle…

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