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.