Isn’t there anyone who cares about our grace?

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

At the gas station I heard the attendant saying that nobody cares anymore.

So I pull out some of my Coastal Watch Tower brochures and flyers and chime in about the lack of response to the loss of a WWII and Cold War historic site. The attendant says he knows about the coastal watch for German U-Boats because he likes history.

I talk about father taking me to watch the Coastal Watch Tower be rebuilt in 1956 and that Greenwich Point has had a tower since 1942 but now it’s gone. Maybe they stopped looking for U-Boats, commented the gentlemen waiting behind me. We laugh and the attendant says nobody cares, but I like history and German subs came real close to the U.S. during World War II.

The other man laughs and I ask if he’s ever been to Greenwich Point. He says often for the past seven years. I say the tower’s gone, but the gentlemen walks away, dismissing it all by laughing “What tower?”

The attendant says nobody cares and I say it’s a sad sign of the times that everyone’s so “self focused.” They don’t care about much and I’ve stopped trying to tell young people stories about amazing deeds because they just don’t care. I believe it’s partly because of the computer age. They have so much to draw from that it’s all sort of meaningless.

The attendant again comes out with “nobody cares,” as I tell him about a WWII veteran who’s still going strong. He was a pilot on a landing craft and was all over the Pacific. I tried to tell some young guys who were dealing with this veteran. Yet it was fruitless. I was so disappointed because they couldn’t care less.

Again, I hear nobody cares.

I answer, “The grace of the whole of civilization rests on soulful concern and respect. What happened to the tower is a sign of the times for the country and the world!”

To save “national grace,” the Greenwich Point Coastal Watch Tower must be restored. I need, we need and the town needs it.

 

Jim C. Reilly
Greenwich

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