Veterans Deserve Better Treatment by Litchfield


The Waterbury Republican- American recently had a front page article about the Litchfield Board of Warden and Burgess’s decision to protect the asthetics of their town green by removing 5 large ribbons placed on trees to show support for our troops.

Christopher Philbrook responds:

The powers that be in Litchfield can claim they are patriotic while disrespecting the soldiers and soldiers’ parents but that claim is simply a thin veil of BS that most, if not all, citizens can see through. Politicians and people on town/city boards and committees seem to forget that they are in place simply to represent the citizens of said town or city. Those bureaucrats seem to forget that the green belongs to the citizens of Litchfield and those citizens have far more right to decorate it or express their opinions than some-self serving or special-interest-serving bureaucrat. The excuse Borough Warden Lee Losee cites for his unpatriotic stand is weak. It would certainly appear that his concern is more for the town’s green than for the soldiers who sacrifice their lives to preserve that town’s and that man’s freedoms.

My view is that in light of the sacrifices and commitments our service people and their families must bear, “dirtying” the green with ribbons is a small price to pay. I am all for neat and picturesque communities and pride in them but not at the expense of putting it before the men and women who protect said communities. In times of war, sacrifices are necessary and the sacrifice of ragged yellow ribbons (which reflect the ragged conditions of our troops and our flag in the early years of our nation) pales in comparison to the sacrifices our service men and women make daily. I must wonder how in the world this nation would ever have broken free of tyranny and been born if the people who fought for it were replaced with todays supposed Americans. The early days of our nation witnessed many brave and selfless citizens who gave their lives for the freedom for others, and would never live to experience that freedom for themselves.

Two hundred years later a handful of pompous, self-serving, special-interest-serving bearaucrats deprive concerned citizens with a ragged yellow ribbon on a tree. I’ll put the soldier before the tree any day. The ragged ribbon better serves as a reminder to us of what our troops are going through. Our soldiers, our safety, and our freedom come before a tree or appearances any day.

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