Petty Officer Danny Dietz, Navy Seal, native of Littleton, Colorado, was killed in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005. He received the Navy Cross for his "extraordinary heroism in actions against the enemy..." You can read the full citation and his story HERE and HERE.
The city of Littleton is erecting a memorial statue of Dietz in Berry Park. A group of parents is now opposing the statue because Dietz is holding a rifle. They feel it glorifies violence and should not be near children.
Fortunately, the city of Littleton is standing firm and going ahead with the project. You can read the full story HERE.
Thank you, Littleton, Colorado, for doing the right thing in honoring this hero.
The city of Bend is bisected by the Deschutes River. A main bridge across the river was recently torn down and replaced. The community wished to name the bridge 'The Randy Newman Bridge.' However, the City Council has refused to do so. Over 100 supporters attended the second meeting on the issue this week and signed up to speak, but the Mayor cut the speakers off and denied the request. They have decided to call it the Veteran's Bridge and the Randy Newman walkway along the side. Randy's family was devastated by the abrupt unwillingness to honor their son... as am I.
Randy died with his friend, Adam Galvez. His hometown, Salt Lake City, has name a street after Adam.
So, communities say they support the troops, they just have trouble honoring them.