Honoring The Troops

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Smart Things Said By Smart People, War

A good point by one of our soldiers in Afghanistan:

An Army sergeant complained in a rare opinion article that the U.S. flag flew at half-staff last week at the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan for those killed at Virginia Tech but the same honor is not given to fallen U.S. troops here and in Iraq.

In the article issued Monday by the public affairs office at Bagram military base north of Kabul, Sgt. Jim Wilt lamented that his comrades’ deaths have become a mere blip on the TV screen, lacking the “shock factor” to be honored by the Stars and Stripes as the deaths at Virginia Tech were.

“I find it ironic that the flags were flown at half-staff for the young men and women who were killed at VT, yet it is never lowered for the death of a U.S. service member,” Wilt wrote.

Indeed, why not?


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3 Responses to “Honoring The Troops”

  1. Elyas Says:

    Probably because the flag would then be perpetually flown at half-staff. He’s right that soldiers’ deaths have lost their shock value. But if the flag was lowered for every soldier’s death, would people be more aware of the war or would flying the flag at half-staff simply lose it’s significance?

  2. Mike Says:

    I don’t believe that the flag should have been flown at half-staff nationwide for the tragedy at virginia tech. This was a local catastrophe. There was no such order for flags to be flown nationwide after hurricane Katrina, nor after the shootings at the high school in Jonesboro, Arkansas. I’m not saying that the order should be given when a soldier/airman/sailor/marine is killed in the war either. I would hope to think that the honor would take place in the hometown of the hero.
    I am not a soul-less person. I just feel that, though it was a tragedy, it was a local tragedy. I can understand the flag being lowered throughout the state of Virginia, but not the country. These were college students who have not earned the right to be honored nationally. If the governor of a state passed away today, would he also be honored nationally? I think not. What’s next? Lowering the flag for the A-list celebrities? God I hope not!

  3. langs Says:

    If we did that the Flag would have been at half staff for almost the entire 4 years of this war.

    Imagine everytime you look a ta flag its at half staff for 4 years.

    The repugs dont want us to see dead bodies or flag draped caskets.

    They would never want to see the flag at half staff for 4 years.
    A constant reminder everytime you go to work or lunch.
    Thats why

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