There is quite the discussion going on both at Blackfive and Mudville Gazette over the Washington Post's decision NOT to print a letter written by Robert Stokley who lost his son in Iraq. The letter was written in response to an article that the Post ran, titled "A Life, Wasted". I am not providing the link to the story because I am not willing to give the Post any publicity other than to mention the article to provide context for Mr. Stokley's letter.

The discussions led me to an article on NPR titled Sgt. Rafael Peralta, American Hero. Our society uses the word "hero" in such a nonchalant manner at times that I'm afraid we've lost sight of the true meaning of the word.

Sgt. Peralta epitomizes the word "hero". The only way we can honor his actions and the man that he was is to tell his story. And the only way you can tell his story is to go read it.

Kaemmerer recounts how later on the night of Nov. 15, a friend approached him and said: "You're still here; don't forget that. Tell your kids, your grandkids, what Sgt. Peralta did for you and the other Marines today." Don't forget. Good advice for all of us.


- hfs

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