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Letter: The wall

Troy Haskell re military service

Published on November 17, 2017 12:01AM


I am totally disheartened with the way our government has taken respect for ourselves and thrown it out with the trash. Americans have children in the military who are being killed in action almost daily. God forbid we make it public, and give respect to one of our own for making the ultimate sacrifice. The least we all need to do is publish that service person’s name, and cherish their actions for as long as we live.

Today less than one-half of 1 percent of the U.S. population serves in the military. That is 1 out of 200 people. No one knows we are losing an average of five service people a week. Yes, severe consequences may happen if you sign that dotted line, but without risk there can be no reward.

Let me put this in context for way too many “Americans” to understand. A television show called “Game of Thrones” has knights and dragons. Besides all the drama there is “the wall,” a glacier cliff manned by very few to defend the realm against an army of ice zombies. Only those who are slaves or duty-bound serve at the wall. With so few having the honor to serve for others, the ice wall is blown apart.

Now, as someone who has put his own life on that dotted line, I can tell all who may read this: Not making a public ceremony for a fallen hero, someone who has put your way of living ahead of their own, is the biggest disrespect that can be done to that soldier, sailor, Marine, airman, guardsman and their families. Wackos who murder people get much more “script” than my family in arms. That is pathetic.

It’s time to stop taking the privileges and freedoms 200 of you take for granted because of that one poor neighbor kid who will stand at the wall for you. Not for himself, as much as for his understanding that freedom is not free. So pretty please, let us get back to showing respect wherever and whenever a service person dies. It may help to burst the bubble too many Americans are living in for freedom’s sake.

Troy Haskell

Astoria



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