Tuesday, November 10, 2009

... and While We're on the Subject of the Armed Forces .....

It's one of a couple of times each year, when the news is filled with veterans-related features. Even ESPN is getting in on the act ... and they picked a hero of mine for their tribute.

Bleier was part of a tradition of professional athletes - from Christy Mathewson and Ted Williams, to Chad Henning and Pat Tillman - who left the ballpark for the battlefield, answering a higher call to glory ... sometimes at a terrible cost.

And while it has been noted that athletes' contributions to military service in general - and war in particular - is diminishing, what can not - must not - diminish, is our appreciation for the people like Bleier, and all who serve in our armed forces.

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