Monday, January 5, 2015
No Class: Ferguson Protesters Crash Veteran Ceremony
But the medal ceremony wasn’t entirely ruined. After a brief postponement, the service continued as planned:
No one doubts that these protestors had a legal right to show up and voice their concerns. But isn’t there a time and place for such outspoken activism? It seems self-evidently classless and disrespectful to (almost) derail this kind of a ceremony. Raschio deserved to be honored without interruption.
Let’s also not forget that Sen. Wyden and those present were honoring more than just one man; they were honoringall combat veterans who perished during the war. So while Raschio handled the situation with grace and humility -- which, of course, will surprise no one -- these protesters should be utterly ashamed of themselves.I hope Americans read these kinds of stories with contempt. Common decency, gratitude, and a sense of respect for veterans and their families should have stopped this coordinated demonstration in its tracks. Instead, the protesters' complete lack of propriety, in the long run, will almost certainly do more harm than good.