Tomorrow, May 26, my husband Mitch will fly the American flag from the front of our house. As a former ROTC officer in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War, Mitch always flies the flag on Memorial Day, July 4th and Veterans Day.
In anticipation of Memorial Day this year, I read the May 24th “Cross Country” article in The Wall Street Journal by Kevin Ferris titled “Protesting the Antiwar Protestors.” The article describes how Rich Davis, a 20-year veteran of the Navy who retired in 2001, ended up challenging the Chester County Peace Movement anti-war protesters who have spent every Saturday since March 2003 protesting outside the courthouse in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
After watching from his nearby apartment throughout 2006 and 2007, on
“He was just a kid during the Vietnam War, but he is still bothered by the disrespect heaped on returning
“Even today, Mr. Davis can’t look at an antiwar protest without thinking that Schultz, his comrades and their modern-day counterparts are being disrespected. So after seeing the war protesters each week, Mr. Davis said to himself, ‘Not this war. Not this time.’”
A few weeks after
Here from a recent posting on www.jewsingreen.com is one such modern-day counterpart of Lance Cpl. Schultz who should be respected:
“Senior Airman Jonathan Yelner volunteered to be sent to
“Yelner, 24, was killed Tuesday when a bomb exploded near his vehicle near Bagram, about 25 miles north of
“Yelner, a six-year Air Force veteran, was a weapons loader who had been assigned to the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base in
The boldface is mine because I want to emphasize that Jonathan Yelner was someone in the military who died serving his country – and he died not in battle, but in the U.S.’s humanitarian efforts to help impoverished people. In the hours before he was killed in
It’s easy to go out on a Saturday and wave signs against fighting in
Sometimes I imagine a science fiction movie in which there are no more military troops left to protect the
On this 2008 Memorial Day, I hope that we all count our blessings – the men and women of the
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