Zach Murphy is a friend of mine. He was wounded in Afghanistan and lost his left leg above the knee. He is not a Whitehall resident, or a resident of the Valley, but he comes to visit on occasion. I hadn’t seen Zach for a couple of months, but we kept in daily contact. He follows the blog and offers me advice, and constructive criticism on the posts. This past weekend Zach came down for a visit. He wanted to see the ‘infamous trail and bench’ that so many people commented about on the CACK blog. So I took him over there and we walked a bit of the trail. He was a little surprised that there was no memorial for America’s warriors anywhere on the trail. I explained that the benches and such are all part of the ‘pay to play’ atmosphere out here. It’s a version of the ‘old boy network’ and typically politician. He wasn’t angered about that. Zach is a smart guy and he knows how things really work. But I could tell he was a bit put off and asked some questions about the IRT and why they wouldn’t place a soldiers memorial anywhere on the trail especially, as he put it, since the military is “trendy again and these suburban people love to be trendy.” I laughed, he’s right. Politicians especially love to show their ‘patriotism’ and support the military even though few of them have served in uniform. I mean honestly, when did Hozza, Kern or Hower deploy?
Zach did ask that I put a request up in my next post. He’d like for the IRT people to reconsider their decision about a military memorial bench or plaque. He’s right. If the IRT can play politics then it can dedicate a bench to fallen US soldiers. They’ve done more for the IRT, Whitehall and America than any commissioner has after all.