Marine LCpl. Joseph R. Giese, 24, of Winder, Georgia. Died January 7, 201, serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died of injuries sustained when he stepped on and detonated a pressure-sensitive improvised explosive device while on foot patrol during combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi holds his trophy after winning the FIFA Ballon d'Or award during the FIFA Ballon d'Or awards ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 7, 2013. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN
“pamandjapan: 門松 (Gate Pine) Kadomatsu is a traditional Japanese decoration for the New Year placed in pairs in front of homes to welcome ancestral spirits or kami of the harvest. They are placed after Christmas until January 7 and are considered temporary housing for the kami. ”
Army SPC Eric T. Caldwell, 22, of Salisbury, Maryland. Died January 7, 2007, serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died of wounds sustained when hit by enemy small-arms fire during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq.