Our soldiers are the true one percenters

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I was reading an email I received at 12:11 a.m. Memorial Day morning and as I read, the movie We Were Soldiers was being telecast by AMC.

The movie is about the Battle of La Drang, Vietnam on the 14 November, 1965. As I viewed the email there was a photo depicting the shadowy silhouettes of five infantrymen with a translucent American Flag in the background. The caption under the soldiers reads “Take a moment and be ever so thankful for the true and real one percenters.”

Earlier, I heard on the news that President Obama visited Afghanistan and I thought it’s great that he made the mission. Though there seemed little coverage of it and I still see news programs focusing on sensational crimes, yet little on looming international problems that could really hurt us in the future.

An example of this is the way we pulled out of Iraq. I felt it so wrong to just leave after all that we lost and all it cost. The original plan was to keep Iraq’s Balad Airbase, so we would be able to react quickly to new problems. We were also going to get some kind of war reimbursement from Iraq’s oil, after freeing Iraqis of Saddam Hussein.

The La Drang battle rages on TV while I struggle with memories of past Memorial Days. Those were days when one percent seamed more like 99% and most of the parents were WWII & Korean War veterans. I remember the Greenwich parades. There were so many Boy Scout troop units marching that it was like a sea of small troops marching. It was too hard to count them all.

Greenwich had an actual National Guard artillery outfit and an armory. The lines marching back then were so impressive when so many seemed so in tune to what our country was about. Now all I see seems blurred and it’s too complicated to keep straight.

Our society now has little focus on commitment, giving and sacrifice to help make the one percent so important. So God bless the one percent.

Jim C. Reilly

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