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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Points of View

Yesterday,  I noticed something that kind of got me upset.  Only one channel here broadcast the bestowment of the Medal of Honor to the first living recipiant since 1970s a Vietnam War veteran. 

The ceremony was beautiful; the honoree was humble with his wife by his side and, all others were in awe.  Then I look around the internet, newspapers, and other outlets -- almost complete silence.  This hero served valiantly: saved lives under hostile fire, rescued his comrades, kept another from falling hostage, and got wounded. 

So, I got to wondering about the lack of notice of such an important event at least to me.  Perhaps others do not find my point of view into this event meaningful. 
Much like this beautiful face, we only know what we experience first hand or through others.  We are born with an innate sense of trust and joy. Usually we look no further than our immediate surroundings or comfort zone and as we age grow more cynical.
Seldom do we choose to face our fears,
Or to take comfort in those who love and support us.
It takes a special kind of  person to open up to the world and commit oneselves to a way of life few experience like military service. It takes courage to change your point of view, to explore new worlds, live in danger on the combat field, or to 'sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world,' (Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass).
It also takes a special person to look at the world through another's eyes and see their point of view even if doing so makes you uncomfortable.  My salute and upmost respect to SSG Giunta, his wife, peers, family, and friends.  Because of young men and women such as he is; one day just maybe our sons will be willing to follow in his footsteps for all of us.


mixednut555 said...

This was a BEAUTIFUL and moving post, my friend. Thank you and thank you for YOUR service to our country.
Much love from your over the other pond Sistah

Melodie said...

This is so true.Sadly today I think society on a whole, unless they or a loved one has served, don't have a clue to the meaning of service,sacrifice for others and what it means to be honorable. So many are more interested in popculture and how to get more than they have earned or deserve for that matter...yeah yeah I can go on and on.That is one cute kiddo in those pictures!

Judy's Corner said...

Excellent post Mal.... excellent post... and seriously, all too often I am appalled that the "news" centers around such ridiculously trivial matters as what some celebrity was wearing.... and other such nonsense.

Thank you for taking the time to salute someone truly newsworthy!

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

here in the uk , I think the tide is turning in support of our men,( but not the afganistan conflict)
nice post mal

Nekkid Chicken said...

Hey Peeps, Thanks for commenting.

HUGS Kat much love to you over da pond sistah. ~:>

Melodie, It is a shame; we are becoming a disposable or throw-away culture.

Judy, Appalled is a good word and describes exactly how I was feeling. Thank you!

John, One can only hope folks support the troops because they are just following orders. Hugs