Several months ago, UB posted the story of US flags burned in front of the home of relatives of Tim Hines, a young soldier killed in Iraq. The flag burning turned out to be a prank by two young teens who didn’t understand the pain they were causing.
The incident was reported in “Stars and Stripes” and that provoked an anguished phone call from my daughter in Baghdad … she was one of the trauma room personnel involved in treating Tim. Despite the severity of his injuries, Tim had survived for about a month and was evacuated back to Walter Reed AMC where he was reunited with his family before passing away in mid-July. My daughter, after seeing the article, wanted to know how people could be so “cruel”.
With the exception of an exchange of e-mails with Tim’s dad (a 24 carat gold American), that was the end of the story for me until I tripped over this article this morning. It is the “flip side” of cruel and reminds me of what makes our country so special.
I thought it appropriate to the Thanksgiving holiday.