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Dedication questioned

April 17, 2013

In response to the naming of the new bridge, how many people have become fallen soliders dedicating their lives to keep others free? Hundreds? Thousands? Millions? How and who decided that one......

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twinder

Apr-17-13 1:09 AM

Your letter makes me ill.

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nobud74

Apr-17-13 1:35 AM

Perhaps Mr. Summerson has family members who are fallen soldiers and is having trouble reconciling their deaths with this dedication. I'm sure the soldier in question was a valiant man, but is he more deserving of this type of recognition than another? I'm not sure he would answer yes. Most soldiers understand that war is a team project not a singular undertaking. Most would not want to be held up as a hero, or the recipient of an honor such as this. But it probably makes the families rest a bit easier. It is a tough call.

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Premier

Apr-17-13 5:30 AM

I'm just happy it was named after a brave soldier and not some politician.

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eriklatranyi

Apr-17-13 6:12 AM

It certainly could have been named "The fallen soldiers in the war on terror bridge"

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Tedeaux

Apr-17-13 6:15 AM

Coming from the perspective of someone that may have lost a family member in the service of our country that has gone unrecognized, I can understand Lee's need to force us all to look at massive number of American heros that we do not immortalize with a bridge naming ceremony. But I cannot agree with the method used. Lance Corporal Abram Howard's sacrific demands respect from those of us left behind to enjoy the freedoms that his sacrifice has afforded us.

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wwhickok

Apr-17-13 6:21 AM

This letter is pathetic.

Also is the Maynard Street Bridge not 'technically' the Veterans Memorial Bridge? Just sayin'.

Stop you're whining and get a life.

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wwhickok

Apr-17-13 7:43 AM

For the Record, I feel I should add this to my comment.

If the author is indeed someone that lost a child/relative to war, I humbly and sincerely offer my condolences. I can't sit here and say "I know how you feel" because I don't. I can't imagine what having to go through and deal with something of that nature is like. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have lost loved ones.

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Josh84

Apr-17-13 8:01 AM

Naming this structure something like the "Veterans memorial _____" would only cause it to blend in with the dozens of others named something similar, within this county alone.

I believe that if one had the ability to speak to those whom have given their lives in service of this country, common constants that could be taken from all would be their humility, and selfless service and dedication to their country, family, and friends. These men and women ask not for recognition and didn't serve their country for this reason.

I assume none of them would feel short changed by not being included in the naming of one bridge.

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spike2

Apr-17-13 8:16 AM

Get over it. We have more than a few bridges and roads available for renaming. When and why was the Memorial Street Bridge named? Anyone have any idea?

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CMReeder

Apr-17-13 9:06 AM

OMG!

With all this hoopla over naming a structure after someone just name it Bridge No. 3. No one person is slighted, snubbed or honored.

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CMReeder

Apr-17-13 9:29 AM

Better; Taxpayers Bridge No. 3.

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mazmdm

Apr-17-13 9:54 AM

The bridge is in the back yard of the howard family. get over it, im glad a local bridge was named for a local soldier.

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Alsever

Apr-17-13 10:40 AM

I have mixed feelings about it. It is sort of nice that an ordinary Marine is being recognised and not a General or Politian. But as a Combat Veteran of 31 months duty in Viet Nam, I wonder when hitting a mine/IED became a heroic action. We sure didn't consider stepping on a land mine or driving on one to be an extraordinary heroic activity for which recognition was deserved. We just considered it to be Bad Luck and moved on.

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Rupaul

Apr-17-13 10:45 AM

Same reason the post office in Hughesville is named for Msg. Sean Thomas. I can't believe this is a controversy.

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Josh84

Apr-17-13 11:12 AM

Alsever Apr-17-13 10:40 AM****"I wonder when hitting a mine/IED became a heroic action. We sure didn't consider stepping on a land mine or driving on one to be an extraordinary heroic activity for which recognition was deserved."

I believe the word heroic must be put into context here. We aren't speaking of the corporal performing MOH worthy heroics, but this marine gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

Especially in todays America where less than 1% of the general population serve on active duty at any given time. Compared to nearly 1/10th of the population during WWII.

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Billtown101

Apr-17-13 10:11 PM

I respect the sacrifice, and I sympathize with many for the loss of this fallen soldier; but 'Veterans Memorial Bridge" would have been in MUCH better taste.

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