To the Editor:

This past weekend, I had the privilege of standing front row to see the Bruins' victory parade. It was absolutely spectacular. The team came home to a hero's welcome, as they rightly should have, and the parade did well to allow fans to come out and congratulate them on their success. Black and gold confetti literally fell from the sky, and the music was loud and proud, drowned out only by chanting fans.

While I stood there watching this fantastic celebration, however, I got to thinking about the troops: Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen, who are absolutely heroes in the truest sense of the word. I don't think there are many who would disagree. Isn't it funny, though, that these men and women, like the Bruins, come home from a hard fight for their hometown, and yet receive little to none of the cheers, the thanks or the fanfare that the athletes do?

I mean to take nothing away from the Bruins' fantastic victory; however, these men and women would do absolutely anything for their country and its citizens, most of whom they'll never even meet. They're part of a fighting team that has no choice but to win their battle, and they do an outstanding job every day. What's it take to bring people back to a higher level of national pride and to give these heroes a similar homecoming to that of our boys on the B's. They deserve it.

Andrew A. Watson

Marine Corps ROTC

Amesbury

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