Friday, July 04, 2008

Medal of Honor Heros

Don Ecker passed this along and I thought it appropriate, given that it is the 4th of July. Little scenes like this are difficult to create because they are normally spontaneous. This is a case of sailors acknowledging the heroism of one of their own and I wanted others to see this.

PO2 (EOD2) Mike Monsoor, a Navy EOD Technician, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for jumping on a grenade in Iraq, giving his life to save his fellow SEALs.

During Mike Monsoor's funeral in San Diego , as his coffin was being moved from the hearse to the grave site at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery , SEALs were lined up on both sides of the pallbearers route forming a column of twos, with the coffin moving up the center. As Mike's coffin passed, each SEAL, having removed his gold Trident from his uniform, slapped it down embedding the Trident in the wooden coffin.

The slaps were audible from across the cemetery; by the time the coffin arrived grave side, it looked as though it had a gold inlay from all the Tridents pinned to it. This was a fitting send-off for a warrior hero.

This should be front-page news instead of the crap we see every day.


starman said...

LOL, face it, crap is what the masses want, and get, in a free society. Many people just don't care about the country or any cause, just their own personal concerns, and being entertained. Military men risk their necks to protect our freedom (ostensibly at least)but the result is a society in which crap gets more appreciation. If what you want is for the military and its heroes to get more respect, you'd have to have radical, fundamental change. That is, replace a system oriented toward purely individual concerns with one in which country and cause are paramount. The ironic thing is, our military men are trained and indoctrinated to fight authoritarianism when the latter is in principle a natural ally. Look at the former SU. It was full of monuments dedicated to its military heroes. And crap (at least in the form of petty garbage about celebrities) wasn't tolerated.

John said...

On the contrary, the message this story sends to the public is exactly the type of thing that the left-wing controlled media wants to suppress.

They believe that anything that promotes American military heroism, glorification of the American soldier, personal honor, and American nationalism are threats to their warped view of the world.

To the left, violence is always wrong (unless it is waged against the American soldier and people of course). In order to avoid war and violence, everything positive about America must be denigrated, and everything evil and anti-American must be propped up, until everything is equal and morally relative; so nothing matters. At which point, according to them, the world will be at peace.

So if this story were to reach the general population, America would be encouraged continue to oppress the world. Therefore, it must be ignored.