Editorial Got It Wrong
As a Vietnam-era veteran who lost several compatriots in that meaningless war, whose uncles proudly served this country in World War II and whose grand-nephew presently serves in Afghanistan, I was profoundly offended by the editorial published in the Daily Pilot online May 26th titled, "Honor the fallen in the civil rights war too", HERE.
THE REASON FOR THIS HOLIDAY
The reason for the Memorial Day holiday is to pause and reflect on the hundreds of thousands of men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in ALL our military engagements, whether we called them "wars" or "police actions" or "skirmishes". It is to pay our respects to those brave people who died in the military service to our country - ALL of them.
DISRESPECT FOR THOSE WHO SERVED AND DIED
For the Daily Pilot to publish an editorial that attempts to somehow equate the death of Harvey Milk - a military veteran and openly-gay politician who was murdered by a deranged colleague - to those men and women who died in military service to this country is a despicable act of disrespect to all who served and died, to those who served with them and to those who survived them and honor their memory this weekend.
THEY, TOO, SERVED
During my tour of service nearly 50 years ago I served with men I knew to be gay and some women who were lesbians. They did not hide their sexual orientation, but neither did they flaunt it. All I saw were men and women proudly serving their country and I was proud to serve along side them.
INAPPROPRIATE AND OFFENSIVE
In my view, it is completely inappropriate for an editorial that begins purporting to honor those who died in military service to this country to be morphed into a a gay and lesbian rights manifesto. Whether the Orange County Board of Supervisors fails to designate recognition of Harvey Milk's birthday or not may be a subject for ANOTHER editorial, but not one that honors fallen military men and women.
I would be very surprised to learn that ANY member of the Daily Pilot Editorial Board has ever served in the military. If they had, they would understand just how inappropriate and offensive this particular editorial is to those of us who have served. My comment is NOT an anti-gay screed, although I suspect some will attempt to characterize it as such. It is simply an expression of my disappointment in the Daily Pilot Editorial Board for its insensitivity - nothing more.