Monday, May 19, 2014

Connecticut V

Scotland, named after its founders homeland is a small town in rural Connecticut. In the 2000 census it boasted little more than 1500 residents, yet, like so many small towns across this nation it has managed to honor its patriots. In a small green, in the town, is a lovely gazebo, an old canon, and a couple of stones with placards honoring those who served in wars. This is, as I have said on numerous previous occasions, a reminder of just how close knit small towns so very often are.

Thirty one from a town of 1500 served, seems like a lot to me, but I note that none were lost or at least that none were designated as lost on the marker. Also, this marker only covers from 1964 which as you know is actually nearly 10 years after the first U.S. soldier was lost in 'Nam. A fact that I guess we will never come to peace with in this country. For those who do not know, some cites, towns, and states count the war years as from 1959 to 1975, the "official" count, others count from 1964 (Gulf of Tonkin incident/resolution and the War Powers Act, and still others use completely different dates, usually from when the first of their citizens was lost. I have seen dates from the mid fifties all the way through 1978. So, I wonder if these numbers would be different if the larger span of years was used or if those names at the bottom, added later, include those from outside the years listed here.

Join me next time, on the 24th, or a special Memorial Day post.

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