To the Editor:
As the spring begins to come to a close, and parents all over the county and country are celebrating their sons’ and daughters’ graduations, and their movements into their next stages of life, I am reminded of just how outstanding our young people can be.
Also, I started thinking about Marines Corps Corporal Aaron Howell of Parishville. It takes a very special young person to not only volunteer for our Armed Forces, but for the Marines Corps in general, and for the Scout/Sniper Squad in particular.
For those unfamiliar with the Marines Corps’ Scout/Sniper Squad, it is notoriously difficult and grueling for a rank and file Marine to get accepted into this squad. These guys are the absolute best at what they do.
So, while it completely saddens my heart to learn about the extent of Corporal Howell’s injuries, and what he and his family and friends are enduring, I am at the same time reaffirmed at just how selfless and dedicated our young people can be.
Regardless of one’s feelings towards the wars, these young men and women in the military service deserve our unconditional respect and support, and I’m reminded that it shouldn’t take a severe injury or the ultimate sacrifice, or hitting so close to home, to remind us of this. Next time you see a veteran, past or present, thank him or her for their service.
And to Corporal Howell and your family: Thank you for your service. Semper Fi. And God Speed to you for a speedy recovery and rehabilitation.