Regrets Media Didn't Memorialize a Soldier Killed Same Day Jackson Died
Army 1st Lt. Brian N. Bradshaw was killed in Afghanistan, fighting in a war to protect all Americans, the same day that Michael Jackson died, prompting a letter to the Washington Post, which the paper published on Sunday , from Bradshaw's aunt, Martha Gillis, who scolded media priorities: My nephew, Brian Bradshaw, was killed by an explosive device ...
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#1 Jul 7, 2009
Martha, at the end of the last Millennium, I was concerned who Time Magazine would choose as the person of the century. I usually dont agree with their picks on the "person of whatever". My choice was the American solder. I was amazed when that was their choice too. Your nephew made the ultimate sacrifice. He sacrificed his life for an idea, a piece of paper that it our way of life. He went out to provide and protect our freedom, something few will ever due. Many people will sit under the umbrella that he helped provide and maintain, and never do anything, except sit under it and reap its benefits. My heart goes out to you and your family. My honor and respect goes out to your nephew. Please be assured, that there are those of us who view the death of Michael Jackson, the same way we would view the death of any regular person. We also view the death of your nephew as the death of a hero. Since I cannot say this to Brian, I will say it to you, thank you for the service and sacrifice of your family.
#2 Jul 7, 2009
Ms. Gillis, long after the pathetic story of a drug-addicted entertainer has faded from our interest, Americans will still raise loving, awe-filled gazes up at the flag of our Nation.
They will see the blue field of white stars, and remember the valor it represents; they will see the white stripes and recall the purity of our highest ideals.
But they will also notice the red stripes, and as their heads lower in reverent recognition of the noble and heroic sacrifices that blood-red colour represents, dear and rightfully angry Ms. Gillis, remember this: Not one of those bowed heads will fill with thoughts of humility and gratitude towards a forgotten singer.
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