Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Tale of Two Soldiers

The Young Warrior:
Traveling in uniform, upgraded to First Class as a courtesy, recognized and applauded by airline staff and passengers.

The Old Warrior:
Humiliated, by being selected for a random body pat down, angered that his combat service in Viet Nam did not ensure dignity and personal freedom in his retirement years.

What is the price we are willing to pay for "security"?

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way--in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only." -Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities


Anonymous said...

My husband is a veteran of the Vietnam War. When we were married in Annapolis in 1986 I had to beg for him to wear his Naval uniform. Those men have never forgotten how they were treated.

diane said...

My husband was also in the Navy. His "homecoming" was a bitter experience in many ways.

I clapped for the young soldier, while wishing there were no need for him to be risking his life - and wondering about the freedoms he is sworn to defend.

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