Loss of tower is an ‘outright sin’

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I cry for the loss of Greenwich Point’s coastal watchtower and I now see Greenwich as a self-centered, elitist community that feels it’s above any obligation to those that came before.

As I drove up to the Greenwich Post last week, I looked to the east and there was a hole in the landscape with the tower gone. I flashed back to 1956 when I was 11 and the Reilly family had just moved to Greenwich. My father, a WWII veteran who had seen much action in North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany, took me to see the tower being rebuilt.

My father talked to the workmen who had all been in WWII or Korea. We were surrounded by modest veterans who, after having saved the world from fascism, were putting out their best efforts for America. These fine people, who were too modest to call themselves warriors or heroes, gave us the grand tour of what to them was the symbol of Greenwich’s war effort.

This tower cannot be replaced. Its loss just confirms the self-centered, outrageous “me attitudes” of so many. I cannot believe that there was not some discussion at length about doing this. I fear Greenwich has never felt a bit of responsibility towards our historic structures or responsibility as a member of the human situation.

While many will say that’s the way it is, it’s not right to not take care of the contributions of those that came before.

I complained at a recent Greenwich Point Conservancy meeting and got the standard “head in the clouds response” from the head “lah dee dahs” there about how you now can see more of our lovely view. But this tower was a symbol of when the “lah dee dah attitudes” were not in Greenwich and Greenwich was part of the real world.

It is an outright sin to all that is American and of human nobility that this tower is lost to the world. We all have an obligation to those that came before.

I pray that some day the sight of the loss to us all hits home.

Jim Reilly
Greenwich

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