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    I just got this email...I mean no offense by posting it

    On 18 February 2001, while racing for fame and fortune, Dale Earnhardt
    died in the last lap of the Daytona 500. It was surely a tragedy for
    his family, friends and fans. He was 49 years old with grown children,
    one of whom was in the race. I am new to the NASCAR culture so much of
    what I know has come from the newspaper and TV. He was a winner and
    earned everything he had. This included more than "$41 million in
    winnings and ten times that from endorsements and souvenir sales". He
    had a beautiful home and a private jet. He drove the most sophisticated
    cars allowed and every part was inspected and replaced as soon as there
    was any evidence of wear. This is normally fully funded by the car and
    team sponsors. Today, there is no TV station that does not constantly
    remind us of his tragic end and the radio already has a song of tribute
    to this winning driver. Nothing should be taken away from this man, he
    was a professional and the best in his profession. He was in a very
    dangerous business but the rewards were great.

    Two weeks ago seven U.S. Army soldiers died in a training accident when
    two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters collided during night maneuvers in
    Hawaii. The soldiers were all in their twenties, pilots, crewchiefs and
    infantrymen. Most of them lived in sub-standard housing. If you add
    their actual duty hours (in the field, deployed) they probably earn
    something close to minimum wage. The aircraft they were in were between
    15 and 20 years old. Many times parts were not available to keep them
    in good shape due to funding. They were involved in the extremely
    dangerous business of flying in the Kuhuku mountains at night. It only
    gets worse when the weather moves in as it did that night. Most times
    no one is there with a yellow or red flag to slow things down when it
    gets critical. Their children where mostly toddlers who will lose all
    memory of who "Daddy" was as they grow up. They died training to defend
    our freedom.
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    I take nothing away from Dale Earnhardt but ask you to perform this
    simple test. Ask any of your friends if they know who was the NASCAR
    driver killed on 18 February 2001. Then ask them if they can name one
    of the seven soldiers who died in Hawaii two weeks ago.
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    18 February 2001, Dale Earnhardt died driving for fame and glory at the
    Daytona 500. The nation mourns. Seven soldiers died training to
    protect our freedom. No one can remember their names and most don't
    even remember the incident.

    Susan
    an Air Force wife


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    Perspective indeed, Angel...

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    Thanks Angel -

    Dale Earnhardt's death was an awful tragedy, but I sure hope everybody appreciates your point. Anybody that gets offended by that lives in too small of world.

    I can imagine some of my heroes meeting an untimely death (geez, what would I do if someone like EVH met the same fate?), and being very torn. However, the situations like you mentioned happen much more frequently and are regarded much less.

    Sometimes I think celebrity tragedies are God's way of waking us up to look at the bigger picture around us and notice the other losses and heartaches around us.

    Listen to the words of Don Henley's "New York Minute" sometime, people. Life is much more vulnerable and fragile than we allow ourselves to believe.


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    great post Angel. Good comparison. It made me think a little bit, and I'm a vet myself. VERY good perspective.

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    Excellent post, Angel.

    The true heroes of this country are the ones who keep us safe from creeps such as Saddam Hussein. We must remember those who protect our country for what we believe in.

    Nothing against Earnhardt, but this letter makes a ton of very good sense.

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    Yep that was soldiers from my old Division(25th I.D.(L)) that where involved in that crash. I haven't called over there yet to see if it was anybody I knew. I guess I'll do that tomorrow.

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    I often wonder why we grieve so much at the loss of someone famous. Is it because lots of people "know" the person and so we feel like we have something in common with others?

    I remember the murder of 2 year-old James Bulger in England several years ago...I was sick then over it and so was all of Britain. It seems like it takes something huge to get most of us to see human tragedy and really take the time to...let it affect us? Is that the right way to put it?

    VanGully...prayers to your unit...

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    Bravo, Sacto - that's what I was trying to say.

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    Thanks, Wolfman...

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