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Renewed respect for the military

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

A great post from the New York Times’ Clyde Halberman about how attitudes toward the military have changed — and why bringing ROTC back to elite campuses is important:

Speaking at the Riverside Park ceremony, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg noted that “nearly 90 New Yorkers” have died in the post-9/11 wars. (The exact number is 89, the mayor’s office said.) While each death is mourned, the number is small enough to affirm that relatively few families in this city have a personal stake in what happens in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Restoring R.O.T.C., while not a huge deal, is a step toward lowering the wall that was erected between the military and civilian worlds — and a further reminder, as if one were needed, that those in uniform are our brothers and our sisters, our sons and our daughters.

Read the whole thing.