Friday, 09 December 2011 00:00
In the Dec. 1 issue of the Manhasset Press, Richard Lennon published a letter alleging that the American Legion Post had refused to place the name of Captain Edward Miles on The Patriot’s Park Memorial. I say “alleging,” because I do not know the facts of the case, but then again, neither does Mr. Lennon, who reports what he “heard from another MHS graduate” and, therefore, Lennon is simply dispersing hearsay. Unfortunately, the rest of Mr. Lennon’s letter does nothing to create credence. His characterization of the members of the American Legion Post as a “bunch of grumpy old men … who will pop out their chests, put a funny looking cover on their heads and march down Plandome Road each Memorial Day” only serves to make it clear that he is a man who feels entitled not to his opinion, but to his own facts. The facts are that Mr. Lennon’s characterization vilifies men who have served in combat theaters during World War II and the Korean War. Lennon’s characterization ironically does a great disservice, not only to these men, but to all veterans, and, importantly, to Capt. Edward Miles, who Lennon would have honored. One cannot help feeling that Capt. Miles would be embarrassed by Lennon’s letter.
At the very least, Lennon owes veterans an apology. Furthermore, he would do us all a favor if he spent some more time on thoughtful introspection and fact checking.
Joseph G. D’Angelo
(NB: I am not a member of the American Legion.)