Don’t look at my face today, I must have gotten something in my eye. Recently I applied to be buried at the National Military Cemetery at Joint Base Otis. I am 82 years old. Based on my family longevity history, I will soon be privileged to join those magnificent women and men who served to protect this great nation.

As I walked over the gentle hills among the ground level modest headstones, I reflected with extreme sadness on the words of our current Commander and Chief of the United States Armed Services. But he must have been mistaken, because I found no markers saying “this soldier was a loser.” I found no markers saying “this soldier was a sucker.” I found no markers saying “what’s in it for me?” I found no markers saying “this soldier was not a war hero.” I found no markers saying “this soldier was maimed and should be kept out of sight.” Who among us can support anyone who would tell us our American soldiers who gave all were “losers or suckers”? For the first time in three-and-a-half years, I was not angry—it was worse. Don’t look at my face today, I must have gotten something in my eye.

Carlo M. DiPersio

Morgan Trail

Sandwich

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