MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

April 20, 2012

Respect honors soldier, country

Many of those lining Main and Okmulgee on Friday morning may not have known Spc. James E. Dutton.

Many only knew that Dutton died in the service of their country.

Many only knew that Dutton was one of us — a 25-year-old man from Checotah who died March 31 in Logar province in Afghanistan.

And that is what made the tribute to Dutton even more special.

Dutton was welcomed home by those grateful to him for his service and dedication and his ultimate sacrifice.

Employees of the VA Regional Office waved United States flags as the processional moved slowly down Okmulgee toward Bradley Funeral Service.

Citizens and employees also gathered outside city hall.

Those who took the time to honor a fallen soldier honored Dutton and their country.

They also represented what is best about a community our size.

You may not know your neighbor, but you know he is your neighbor.

You may not know him personally, but you know he died in the service of your country.

All politics aside, those who chose to serve deserve the thanks of a grateful nation.

1
Text Only
Opinion
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Poll

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

Yes
No
     View Results
Featured Ads
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks