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Odd that we do this for police around here but never for fallen soldiers

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on March 9, 2012 at 9:54 am with 7 Comments »
March 9, 2012 9:54 am

From The Chicago Tribune:

Holding American flags under a crisp blue sky, family and friends of a fallen Marine lined the streets on the Southwest Side this morning to pay their respects as his body was carried in a procession from Midway Airport.

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  1. Bmaynard says:

    The local police and fire fighters unions have paid PR people to gain public sympathy.

    You will never hear of the costs associated with hook and ladder truck with flags aloft and every “Band of Brothers” events or the Tacoma Dome used for officer only ceremony without the public who paid for it.

    So sad, we owe at least that much for out soldiers.

  2. jimkingjr says:

    Amen.

  3. serendipity says:

    We sure do owe this to our soldiers who are sacrificed so young and so often for reasons that do not make sense. In fact, to raise awareness of all shootings, which included (found out via Wikipedia) 52K intentional domestic American v. American murders via guns, perhaps we could have a mourning for all victims all over America.

    America might then realize we are the most violent country on the planet. Right now we have the highest imprisonment rate, but only 40 percent of these crimes are “person” crimes. Most are minor drug offenses.

    I do not understand this country. I wish I could leave. Then again, so many people want to leave right now I am certain the Canadians are putting up a border to keep us out. Well, that is mostly a joke, but Canada thinks we are stupid along with most of the rest of the world.

  4. Bmaynard – you said:

    “The local police and fire fighters unions have paid PR people to gain public sympathy.”

    Wow! How cynical can you get! It’s all about Unions, really? How about because someone died! Sounds like you have no sympathy yourself for the recent police deaths. Have a little heart. The point is shouldn’t we do the same for the military who are from here, which we should! But turn this into a Union thing is just ugly.

  5. dlockner says:

    How about the officers being made to pay the costs. How about the officers doing the same for the citizens shown to have been shot and killed without cause or justification? Like my Grandfather in 1934 who was shot in the back of the head by a drunken State Patrolman for the crime of being a passenger in the back seat of a chauffeured vehicle that was speeding. Mind you that we are talking about an extra 10 miles per hour. Rutger Terry was the welterweight champion of the Merchant Marines and the slaying left his wife and three young children without a provider at the height of the depression. A man lost his life. A Patrolman lost his badge and gun only. Mr. Terry’s death by cop is not an aberration and in fact seems to be becoming common. Calling every cop a saint is false advertising. The funeral processions are improperly held at substantial public expense. All i ask is that they use their own cars, gas, and time.

  6. lovethemountains says:

    The country of America, in and of itself, is not the most violent country in the world. What America does have is many, many violent individuals. As far as your wish to leave this country perhaps you could choose areas of Africa where they mostly kill each other with machetes.

  7. harleyrider1 says:

    You’re right Serendipity. You should leave. I recall Alec Baldwin saying he was leaving this Country too if his presidential choice didn’t win. It didn’t.

    He’s still here too.

    People like Baldwin, you and a few others love to tell everyone else what’s wrong with America and how much more money we should pay to help those that do not help themselves. But you never lead by example (just write a check)and you never leave (it’s only a 3-hour drive).

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