Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Honor Our Troops

One of my favorite things about blogging is when someone else writes something so I don't have to. I had been thinking about this in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings, but rather than taking the time & energy to verbalize my own thoughts, I'll let an Army sergeant do it:

An Army sergeant complained in a rare opinion article that the U.S. flag flew at half-staff last week at the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan for those killed at Virginia Tech but the same honor is not given to fallen U.S. troops here and in Iraq.

In the article issued Monday by the public affairs office at Bagram military base north of Kabul, Sgt. Jim Wilt lamented that his comrades’ deaths have become a mere blip on the TV screen, lacking the “shock factor” to be honored by the Stars and Stripes as the deaths at Virginia Tech were.

“I find it ironic that the flags were flown at half-staff for the young men and women who were killed at VT, yet it is never lowered for the death of a U.S. service member,” Wilt wrote.

(HT: Iowa Voice)

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