Letter to Editor: No Greater Sacrifice Than laying One’s Life Down For Another

by John Donnelly

The horror and absolute brutality endured by members of our Armed Forces on battlefields over the course of our Nation’s history causes one to shutter. Grotesque disfigurements, painful screams and nauseating smells of death besieged their courage, up to and until the consummation of their final sacrifice and last moments of life.

Acknowledging the deep penetrating wounds endured by these combatants does not require approval or agreement with the cause behind their actions. We know instances throughout history, where if these “Warriors” chose not to effectively engage the enemy and set aside their oaths of allegiance to “God and Country, our homeland would have been laid wasted under despotic rule. They didn’t give into their fears nor seek to malinger and escape their duties. They chose to steadfastly face the dangerous fates that awaited them.

Protesting and the right to air one’s grievances are the bedrock upon which our nation was founded. However, assailing disabled soldiers at airports or the caskets containing our returning war dead with spittle, urine and feces; seems to me to be a bit over the top.

Cancel culture and ideologically driven conversations have little room for dissent or divergent perspectives. Censorship has become the favorite weapon of choice in safeguarding and protecting the narratives of those in power.

In many of our institutions patriotism and love for one’s country has become passé. It seems to have been replaced by an impellent attitude and ‘doctrine driven ideology’, which can rationalize and take liberties in overemphasizing, reducing and  reconstructing facts and events to suit their agenda driven narratives. Objectivity, the Scientific Method and analytical reasoning in pursuit of a “Truth” has ceased to be a priority in their world. They revel in exclusively focusing upon America’s imperfections, transgressions and errors in judgment. Ironically, the very same institutions and people hell-bent on making these negative declarations, are quite imperfect themselves. They’re riddled with their own brand of flaws, errors and miscalculations.

Something like the “pot calling the kettle black”. Or, “cast out first the beam from thine own eye”. These “hypocrite types” are ugly, unattractive and destructive.

Things can begin to change this year. We’ll have an opportunity to gather together and share our common bonds as Americans, while honoring the sacrifices made by those members of our “Armed Forces Killed In Action”.

Please join the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10211, in partnership with our county’s magnificently supportive Administrator Roman Gastesi, Veterans Affairs Director Cathy Crane and State Attorney/VFW Commander Dennis Ward; for a Memorial Day Ceremony (5/31/21) inside the air-conditioned Murray Nelson Government Center Auditorium. The ceremony will start promptly at 11AM sharp.

During the stressful period of COVID-19 restrictions, along with some restlessness and discontent manifesting itself in our nation, many citizens have become frightened, discouraged and confused; being deprived of the joy, camaraderie and fellowship they once enjoyed with their families and fellow Americans.

This unifying Memorial Day Service will feature a rare and beautifully constructed DVD that will be presented to the audience. Those in attendance will witness our Coral Shores High School Students, Teachers and Staff brilliantly perform in an extraordinary manner; as they created, projected and shared a magnificent Memorial Day Ceremony with our extended community. This labor of love was both immensely inspiring and enormously uplifting. If possible, please come and share this jubilant and therapeutic occasion with us.

Blessings & Respect…

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John Donnelly
John Donnelly, a resident of Key Largo was born, raised and went to high school in the South Bronx. Upon graduation he was awarded several scholarships to college. He chose to enlist in the United Sates Marine Corps. While serving in Vietnam John was wounded in action. He received two meritorious promotions, one during combat. Upon discharge and return to America, John had a difficult time transitioning back into civilian life. He found himself homeless for the next 4 years. As he worked out some troublesome concerns, he began to yearn to make some sense of his experiences via education. He sought and received his GI Bill benefits. He later graduated frpm the University of Miami on the President’s Honor Roll. While working at a Maximum Security Prison Facility for criminally insane adolescents, he earned a Master of Science degree from Florida International University.
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