Soldier injured in Iraq receives Bronze Star
Original post made on Sep 8, 2007
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 7, 2007, 3:54 PM
on Sep 8, 2007 at 4:17 pm
Food for thought....I found it interesting that after this story was posted, not one person has commented or congratulated SSG Wilkerson for his deserved praise (and fellow soldier Hernandez) for serving our country, yet people found more than enough time to comment on exploding toilets (28 comments), banning pit bulls (42 comments), and a riveting discussion regarding McMansions (34 comments).
Although we are a nation at war, it is all too easy to get caught up in "real life" (myself included) since there is absolutely zero sacrifice demanded of us - no increase in taxes, no draft, etc.
But it is sad commentary when nobody takes the time to congratulate or thank a local hero who's life has been permanently altered because of the war. I doubt HE will forget the sacrifice he made for our country - we shouldn't either.
I'm just as guilty as everybody else.
Just some food for thought...
on Sep 8, 2007 at 6:16 pm
Why is this surprising to you?
This area (San Francscio and Mid Peninusla) is very anti military. It is also very unpatriotic.
I used to work at the VA, and I can assure you that most of the MD staff is very left wing. They maintain professional presence when they are with the Vets, but they are very cycnical about them, when they are off duty.
Here is a simple test. How many staff MD at the VA/Stanford will fly the American Flag on Sept. 11 at their private homes? Same for Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Most vets do. I do. Do you, BP?
Your question has less to do with taxes and the draft, than it does with basic unpatriotic attitudes. The left wing version of patriotism, today, demands to cut and run, tax the rich, impeach Bush, etc. Please, if you can, provide three examples of VA senior staff that honor the wounded as heroes for their country, because they fought our country's enemies at the behest of our Commander in Chief.
on Sep 8, 2007 at 6:31 pm
Dear Editor and BP,
Thank you for so much for running this story.
I would love to personally hug each soldier for their service to our country, regardless of any feelings about the decision of our President to go to war.
These soldiers are the sons, fathers, grandfathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and friends of others.
They have made a tremendous sacrifice.
When I first saw the story in print, I wanted to send a personal written thank you to The Palo Alto Weekly.
Thank you poster "BP" - I too wondered the same, why no one else bothered to post a single congratulatory message.
I hesitated to post anything because it is my feeling that many online readers seem to be unable to agree on anything.
When I posted a story a while back, entitled, "Can You Imagine Something This Wonderful Happening In Palo Alto", my intent was to show how wonderful it would be if an entire city would come together to celebrate anything.
I happened to choose a slide show sent to me from a friend in Kearny, Nebraska. Their entire city welcomed home a large regiment of soldiers from Iraq. I should have used a slideshow of their Fourth of July celebration, because many people posted insulting things about the war, President Bush, racism, and nasty generalizations about people in the Midwest.
I am ashamed at the people in our community - they rather bicker and bash one another, and the employees of our city, rather than post something laudable.
There are so many things to be grateful for in our country, and our community, but we are so wrapped up in the little inconveniences and our differences that we forget to look at the big picture.
I am grateful that there are posters like you, and additionally, fine editors.
I noticed that the city of Los Altos has their Main Street decorated in American flags...
Here is the link to my original story and slideshow: