What about our soldiers, don’t they deserve recognition

Let me start by saying I mean no disrespect to the dead. Regardless of how they die, I really try to never speak ill or disrespect anyone who has died out of concern for their family.

All sorts of people die on the job, whether it is police officers, bus drivers, crab fisherman or miners. I feel for the families of the West Virginia mining disaster, I really do. But I feel more for the families of the US troops who have died in combat and continue to every week.

In fact there have been 118 US troops killed since Jan 1st, 2010 and how many times have you seen the President order the flags of the nation flown at half-staff? How many, 118? Nope, maybe 80? NOPE. What about ten times? No WAY. How about ZERO times. In fact the last time he has done this was on November 6th, 2009 for the victims of the Ft. Hood massacre. Victims that were military or civilians supporting the military.

So 118 troops have died since Jan 1st, and not once has he ordered a flag lowered. Now granted in the announcement below he only ordered the flags in the state of West Virginia lowered. So he could issue a proclamation or order that whenever a service member dies the flags in their state should be lowered for some set amount of time. I mean ideally all the flags would be lowered in the country as I think this would remind everyone every time they saw a flag that another warrior gave their life for the freedoms we all enjoy in this country.

So I have issue with the President issuing this order. It was a terrible thing that happened to those miners, but they were well aware of the risks. They knew what they were getting into. Troops are aware of the risks also, as they fight for all of us and our freedoms, and all Troops know what could happen to them in combat. What is good for one, is good for all. As the Commander in Chief I would expect him to show a little more respect to our military which he is charged in leading.

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
Presidential Proclamation — Honoring the Victims of the West Virginia Mine Disaster
As a mark of respect for the memory of those who perished in the mine explosion in Montcoal, West Virginia, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at all public buildings and grounds and at all military facilities and naval stations of the Federal Government in the State of West Virginia until sunset on April 18, 2010.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

4 thoughts on “What about our soldiers, don’t they deserve recognition”

  1. Troy,

    Something to consider is that many state governors already order the lowering all flags (US and state flags) to half-staff when a deployed service member from their home state is killed. The few governors who don’t already have such an order should get with the program without the White House reminding them.

    In New Mexico, Gov. Richardson has the flags lowered to half-staff from the day the casket is brought back to New Mexican soil through the day of interment, even if that’s a few days apart. He’s done this since the beginning of OEF.

    Sadly, it happens often enough that the Albuquerque Journal has started printing a small graphic on the front page of the daily paper, right next to the weather icon, to let people know how to fly their flags that day. If the graphic is at half-staff, they also print whose sacrifice we are honoring that day.

  2. A young American hero died yesterday in Afghanistan.
    It hasn’t been mentioned on any news reports; there hasn’t been any “breaking news” on the tv. Except for a handfull of soldiers, friends and family, his death has gone unnoticed. For those few, this loss is heartbreaking and shattering.
    But it’s not big news and no flags are lowered.
    The American public has no concept of the grief being experienced on a personel level by the soldiers, family and friends of our fallen warriors. WHY isn’t the media more involved with the war? Why is there only a passing reference to how many soldiers are killed? Why is this country still alseep, after 10 long years?
    R.I.P. Cpl. Michael Ingram,Jr.

    1. Hagan,

      I am not sure how close you were to CPL Ingram, but I am sorry our country has lost this patriot and warrior. It is a shame and it is for reasons like you mentioned while I and many like me maintain the milblogs we do. To try and educate as many Americans as we can.

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