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Last night on ABC World News, there was the third-night continuation of a helicopter crash in Las Angeles that killed Kobe Bryant, a famous basketball player, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others. This group was being flown across town for the daughter’s basketball game. It was further reported that the reason for such a short flight was to avoid Las Angeles vehicle traffic.
Also, the same news program contained a report of a military plane that crashed in Afghanistan, killing two military personnel. Very little time was spent on this tragedy. For the two military personnel, it was sort of “ho hum,” just more of the same. Now, if these military personnel would have been famous sports figures — I will leave this conclusion for you to finish.
There was another death this week that was not reported on ABC or any other news agency except The Wilson Times, and that was via an obituary that was probably paid for by his family. In my mind, the importance of this man far exceeds any person who could dunk a basketball, throw a touchdown pass or hit a ball over the fence.
Art Tozzi loved this country and he made his concern public by his many letters to the editor in The Wilson Times. Major Tozzi was not a bashful man and in his letters, he made clear his thoughts on the socialistic turn of this nation.
A quote from his obituary: “He served faithfully in the United States Marine Corps for 21 years. An accomplished fighter pilot, he flew the F-4 Phantom in more than 400 missions during the Vietnam War.”
I know that some people in some professions who reach excellence deserve to be honored. In my opinion, there are very few people that should be honored more than the man who puts his life on the line day after day to preserve the freedom of this country for so many people who couldn’t care less.
Major Tozzi will no doubt, receive full military honors at his funeral. I wonder how many news trucks will be present to record the accomplishments of this not-so-famous man, but a very brave man who loved his country.