UPDATE — July 16, 2007, 10:45 p.m.
Third time's the charm?
For the second time in as many weeks I've discovered someone has removed the "check out the blog" flier I put up in the apartment building's laundry room. They left the thumbtack, though. I'm going to put up another little sign. Maybe this time I'll cut it into the shape of the United States (the 48 contiguous states, anyway). Again, I have to wonder: Who is taking down the flier, and why?
June 29, 2007, 6:25 p.m.
We recently put up posters advertising our blog in the laundry room of my apartment complex. "Check out our blog," the signs said. "True story of a Marine's return home."
All kinds of fliers are tacked up on the laundry rooms' walls — people selling furniture, people looking for business clients, upcoming events around town, memos from management. Anyone can put one up, as long as they're not hateful or discriminatory in nature.
Soon after putting up the signs, they disappeared. Incidentally, they were replaced with business cards. Not just any business cards. These were the business cards of a U.S. Army recruiter. I presume he lives on property.
Raise your right hand if you think an Army recruiter took down our posters and put up his cards.
Why would he do such a thing? Is it because he doesn't want people to know that America's sons and daughters come back with just a bit more than that advertised sense of pride and responsibility? Did he really need that prime wall space?
Is it unfair to assume a recruiter took down a flier promoting a not-so-happy veterans tale?
For argument's sake, let's say it was someone uninvolved with the military who disposed of our fliers. Why would a civilian do that? Is it because they agree with war? Do they agree with the way the United States treats combat veterans and their families? Do they wish they were a soldier but, for whatever reason, didn't sign up? (Well, it's not too late to enlist. Last I heard, all branches of the armed services are in need of warm bodies.)
This film and blog are moving people to action. This is a special moment.
Correction: At the present time in the world, the USAF does not have a recruiting quota.