On page 7 of this week’s newspaper is the story of local veterans donating their time and talents to help restore the USS Cassin Young.
We want to publicly thank these volunteers for doing this work. We know that given the tight budget constraints as well as the ever increasing of tax dollars to help just maintain an ever shrinking safety net that repairs to an old destroyer would be mothballed to the point of where officials would just sink the old ship.
What is important is not the fact that this was a ship that was used in both World War II and Korean War, but the fact that men served and died on this ship that helped protect the liberties that we use today.
The USS Cassin Young and many of the other battleships of previous wars that are on display throughout the country are a tangible reminder of the human cost of war.
Today, unlike many of our previous wars like the Civil War, a smaller percentage of families are personally affected by the high cost of war.
We hope that the stories of just ordinary citizens who sometimes do extraordinary actions continue to remind an ever-increasing distant population of the cost of war.