Forgotten Heroes

Forgotten in the sense that liberals (media, Hollywood, Democrats) downplay American heroism and prefer to treat our warriors as victims.  OpinionJournal.com has a moving editorial.  The stories of our past and present heroes are amazing stories. Read it all, and read it to your children.

Once we knew who and what to honor on Memorial Day: those who had given all their tomorrows, as was said of the men who stormed the beaches of Normandy, for our todays. But in a world saturated with selfhood, where every death is by definition a death in vain, the notion of sacrifice today provokes puzzlement more often than admiration. We support the troops, of course, but we also believe that war, being hell, can easily touch them with an evil no cause for engagement can wash away. And in any case we are more comfortable supporting them as victims than as warriors.

Former football star Pat Tillman and Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham were killed on the same day: April 22, 2004. But as details of his death fitfully emerged from Afghanistan, Tillman has become a metaphor for the current conflict–a victim of fratricide, disillusionment, coverup and possibly conspiracy. By comparison, Dunham, who saved several of his comrades in Iraq by falling on an insurgent’s grenade, is the unknown soldier. The New York Times, which featured Abu Ghraib on its front page for 32 consecutive days, put the story of Dunham’s Medal of Honor on the third page of section B.

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We impoverish ourselves by shunting these heroes and their experiences to the back pages of our national consciousness. Their stories are not just boys’ adventure tales writ large. They are a kind of moral instruction. They remind of something we’ve heard many times before but is worth repeating on a wartime Memorial Day when we’re uncertain about what we celebrate. We’re the land of the free for one reason only: We’re also the home of the brave.

(H/T Powerline blog)


Comments

  1. kralmajales says

    I agree that we place the sacrifices of our men and women on the back page, but don’t try to call this some liberal event…that is total crap. It is the conservative who chooses to make politics out of the sacrifice of our soldiers and to silence any truth of how they died and of the countless soldiers who come home without limbs and with brain injuries. It is this political machine that sends these soldier later to VA hospitals that they refuse to fund and who then become chintsy with the post-war VA benefits that they are supposed to receive for their service. You all know the truth and I think we can agree that the soldiers and their families deserve the support of this government and any program whatsoever to help them with their recovery and finances. But that seems to be where the buck stops with most of you who call such programs welfare and who won’t lift a finger for homeless vets.

    By the way, the writeer of this op-ed should watch ‘This Week with George Stephanopolous” and listen to National Public Radio who provide a honor roll of our fallen heroes each week and who provide stories of how their loss touches the communities and families from which they come.

  2. Kramajales — you just proved the point by focusing on our soldiers are victims and “how every death is by definition a death in vain.” There is no discussion of why they fight, the good deeds that they do or of the inhuman ruthlessness of our enemy.

    I ask you: where is Audie Murphy or Sgt. York? They exist, but liberals in the media, Hollywood and elsewhere hide our heroes existence for fear people may actually support a war for our very existence.

    In WWII we had heroes. In the 1970s the left took over our cultural institutions and now we only have victims and people who don’t get their “government benefits” like all the special interest victims groups. Fortunately for you and me, the military still sees themselves as warriors.

  3. kralmajales says

    Chad:

    Liberals are not hiding our heroes in any way. You can blame the pentagon for not promoting our heroes…and instead manufacturing what amount to blatant lies in the form of the death of Pat Tillman and Private Ryan. YOu are right, there are thousands of great stories of heroism on the battle field as well as in the form of our soldiers aiding the people of Iraq, by building schools, health clinics and the like.

    The problem I have what you call the calling our soldiers victims, but with the fact that these are real stories. Our everyday heroes, those with or without medals, should not be treated shabby when the come. I heard yet another story of the VA shorting soldiers on benefits because we don’t want to pay for their disabilities afterwards. Is that how we honor our heroes? You know these stories, they are true. We should honor all our soldiers by supporting them and giving them every reward society can provide for their service and sacrifice. We don’t, and that is the story, that this administration earns and unfortunately is what sullies our attempt at finding the Audie Murphy or Sgt. York.

    There are few, very few, in society that wish to bury the heroism and bravery of our soldiers. To call this some kind of liberal conspiracy to not find heroes is off the charts.

    If you don’t like the stories of poorly treated veterans, soldiers coming home wounded and dead, and you don’t like the esposing of the lies this pentagon told about Tillman and Ryan..then for heavens sake, change the behavior this administration and Congress has paid toward our soldiers and tell the truth.

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