Greenwich needs to wake up and remember its duty

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

The first New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade was in 1761 when a unit of armed Irish militiamen who were veterans of Indian warfare marched to make a statement to British businessmen.

From those Irish soldiers came not only a worldwide day of celebration, but an eternal message that human efforts always be recognized and deserve great respect through preservation and monuments. If not monuments, at least preservation of their efforts, whether a work site or product of their toils, like the Coastal Watch Tower at Greenwich Point or Revolutionary War battle field relics that were found and then lost at King Merritt Acres.

I have and will state much on the tower, but few know about King Merritt Acres in 1956/57 when a builder discovered where the Battle of White Plains ended. And when the Redcoats’ marched freely towards Stamford, Greenwich being Tory it did not contribute to the country.

The Tory conservatives’ “look-the-other-way” mentality still lives here as proven by the lack of interest in restoring the Coastal Watch Tower. Perhaps there should be another veterans march to throw light on what’s wrong with our community.

I know that so many become conservative, as what they build grows to more and more, but I see no reason not to rebuild a symbol of Greenwich’s war effort. The Irish had little to lose in 1761. After centuries of British domination to 1916, the Irish often fought for principles as well as survival.

During the Civil War, both the Union and Confederates had Irish units and even back then had intelligence enough to keep their Irish soldiers of both sides away from each other on the line. Abe Lincoln’s forming units of black soldiers for Civil War combat was only effective for the Irish’s deep, though often hidden, need to help the underdogs. Only Irish soldiers would work with and train freed slaves.

Perhaps it will be Irishmen that wake Greenwich to its duty of bringing back our only symbol of contribution to our nation.

 

 Jim C. Reilly
Greenwich

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