In response to ("Crosswalk painting project to honor local veterans," The Daily News, Oct. 4): I find the idea of allowing people to walk on the emblems of our Armed Services and the names of those who have served isn't honoring us at all.

As a Marine veteran of Vietnam, I welcome actions that offer appreciation for our service, but wonder if the symbolic meaning of this was considered.

We Marines place a great deal of respect for our Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem, as I'm sure the other services do for theirs.

The image of someone stepping on it, however innocently, sends chills up my spine, and the same for a person stepping off the curb and onto the name of one of my fellow Marines who has died seems dishonorable to me.

I hope the folks who want to honor us next year consider some way to do so that doesn't include the possibility of someone spitting on our service.

Bob Hern



(12) comments

Jack Reeves

Thank You Bob and Thank You for your Service! I agree completely; as you may recall, we Grunts, both Marine and Army, won't even walk on the grass if there is pavement available. I taught tank gunnery and we had fits getting the young Marines to even step onto the range if they had to walk on the turf. It's all about respect. I appreciate the sentiment of those who began this project but, there are other ways to honor the Services. You and I know that there are going to be people who disrespect the military by spitting, throwing trash or other things on those emblems, just for spite. Simple emblems to the masses; everything to you and I.

Bailey Jones

Thank you both for your service. I don't know anything about the painters but I'm sure there was no disrespect intended.

Bob Hern

I have no doubt there was no disrespect intended, I am sure the intent was to honor.

Kelly Naschke

This definitely gives something to think about. Thank you for your service and your opinion Mr. Hearn.

domenico nuckols

They are being painted over and moved.

Karen Sawyer

I noticed they were being painted over, where are they moving them to?

Don Schlessinger

I agree with Mr. Reeves and the author, allowing people to walk on the emblems of our Armed Services and the names of those who have served isn't honoring us at all. Those who haven't worn the uniform just don't understand.

Army Aviation, above the best.

Charles Douglas

Beautiful article Mr. Hern! So rare to see someone stand-up for our men and women of this nation's military. I think what was said here today not only respects the service and sacrifice of people like you, myself and the millions of others have given for a safe and free society, but also for those who served and sacrificed who are no longer with us or those who died in the act of their service to this nation! So then let me finish by saying God bless our military, and all that served no matter where, weather it was stateside at Fort Bliss, Gettysburg, or at Bull Run! God bless those who services were required far away from home overseas at Midway, at Iwo Jima, at Pork Chop Hill, Heartbreak Ridge, at Khe Sanh, at Hamburger Hill, at Fallujah, at Mosul, at Bagdad, at Kabul, or at Tora Bora! I would be less than an ingrate, it I did not mention the families of those who also had to sacrifice, in ways many might not have imagined! The willingness of those in America's military to die for not only America, but for other human beings around the world who they did not even know and who they owed nothing to, is simply astounding! It gives meaning to John Donne's Quote:

"Any man's death diminishes me, because I am in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

Wayne Holt

The artist is a veteran and there was support for this project among those in the American Legion post here, I believe. Certainly there was no disrespect intended and I watched the artist and volunteer painters work for many hours in the hot sun on the pavement just to finish one crosswalk. While I respect the perspective of those who object to how this was perceived, the intent was nothing but patriotic.

Just a personal opinion here: If we truly want to honor those who have sacrificed so much in service to our nation, we will join in President Trump's call to find an alternative to the "endless wars" we have involved ourselves in. American servicemen and servicewomen should not be asked to defend other countries, or to punish those who pose no credible threat to us. Too often, it is the voice of the military who speak with restraint, of overstretching our forces, mission creep, operations fatigue, etc.

Today, we are the Roman Army at the farthest reaches of Hadrian's Wall, wasting lives and treasure on missions to nowhere, with value for no one but arms makers and the political psychopaths who think we can win a nuclear war,

Whether Republican or Democrat, let's at least come together with decency and good sense to bring our troops home from around the world, develop unassailable defensive systems, and end this role as the world's unwelcome policeman.

Bailey Jones


Bob Hern

I do not object to the intent, but the action.

Bob Hern

Actually the possibility of unforeseen consequences that were not considered.

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