Remembering our fallen Heroes
About ten months ago I decided to join a group called the Patriot Guard Riders. I am not sure if all of you are familiar at all with the group or not. Since my time with them honoring both fallen soldiers as well as doing what we call “feel good missions” I have been united with some of the most wonderful people in my life. Some of these people being gold star mothers and fathers who lost their son or daughter in a war, others husbands and wives who lost their partner, as well as children who have lost their mothers and fathers. The upsetting reality that I had been blinded to for so many years was that on our nightly news programs, when a soldier has been killed in action, it is not broadcast nationwide, sometimes not even statewide. It seems to be that the only stations that cover the story are ones in the adjoining towns and counties. This made me ponder a few thoughts for a while before actually deciding to begin writing articles on this and pursuing it further. I spoke with some gold star parents about it, as well as some husbands, wives, families, relatives of, etc. The one thing they all had in common besides losing a loved one in the war was that the publicity for that soldier never existed. It is quite simple really and my request as well as the request of the families is not something that is out of reach nor is it something that would cost the media any extra money. Before I actually get into what I am proposing let me back up just a moment. When you watch the evening news, we see violence, killings, shootings, all over the country. No matter which state you reside in if six people were to get shot and killed or even wounded eleven states away you can rest assured it would make the headline news, but when a soldier puts his or her life on the line fighting for, defending our freedom it does not seem to make national news. This griped me and continues to gripe me each and every day. In the last few weeks, I have been in contact with a few media stations, mayors, congressmen; in person, on the telephone and by email trying to get someone, anyone to listen to the request of these people. Do these soldiers not deserve the same respect as citizens who are injured not defending our country? Some of the people that make headlines every evening are not even citizens but the media seems to believe that it is satisfactory to broadcast a segment of their story nationwide. By signing this petition we the people of the United States of America are requesting the television media on a nightly basis to release the names of our soldiers that were killed in action as soon as the names have been released by the department of defense. We ask for a moment of silence to reflect on their sacrifices and that these American Heroes no matter which state they resided in be broadcast nationwide for all of America to reflect on their sacrifice.