Those of you who visit the fields on a regular basis know how much I love and respect the men and women who serve in the military. The folks who give the ultimate sacrifice for a country where I can get on the Internet every night and write exactly how I feel about any subject that I feel like will always hold a special place in my heart.
This is why I was glad to see President Obama recognize some well deserving veterans and award them the Medal of Honor. I just wish that all of the deserving soldiers could have actually been alive to accept it. Sadly, many of these individuals have passed away.
"WASHINGTON (AP) — They were heroes who didn’t get their due.
On Tuesday, 24 mostly ethnic or minority U.S. soldiers who performed bravely under fire in three of the nation’s wars finally received the Medal of Honor that the government concluded should have been awarded a long time ago.
The servicemen – Hispanics, Jews and African-Americans – were identified following a congressionally mandated review to ensure that eligible recipients of the country’s highest recognition for valor were not bypassed due to prejudice. Only three of the 24 were alive for President Barack Obama to drape the medals and ribbons around their necks.
“Today we have the chance to set the record straight,” Obama said. “No nation is perfect, but here in America we confront our imperfections and face a sometimes painful past, including the truth that some of these soldiers fought and died for a country that did not always see them as equal.”
The three surviving recipients – Vietnam veterans Jose Rodela, Melvin Morris and Santiago Erevia – received a prolonged standing ovation at Obama’s side, their faces set in somber acknowledgement of the honor." [Source]
Of course we know that the usual suspects are going to say that this is just president Obama making further attempts to divide the country. "Why should these minority soldiers be singled out for special recognition?" they will cry. "Why recognize them now?"
Because they did something that many of these red white and blue flag waving chicken hawks would be afraid to do: They served their country, bravely.
Finally, there are a few other stories that I thought about blogging about tonight. The woman kicked out of her gym in California because she looked too "toned". The poor mentally ill inmate who "baked to death" in his jail cell on Rikers Island. Bill De Blasio's Obama type problem. Or the Russian official who loves 2 Pac.
Ultimately, though, I think I will pass. Because honestly, it's just been one of those days.