With yellow ribbons abound, this town truly exemplifies the “support our troops” motto. The Red Sox say thank you by offering specially priced “standing room only” tickets and any troop can catch a free ride with the MBTA.
Veterans are treated equally as well. Whether we are studying for an academic degree or immediately entering the work force, your community and collegiate veteran support is unmatched. Financial Aid Departments at every one of Boston’s esteemed universities work hand in hand with the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure Post 9/11 GI Bill education benefits are fully utilized. Additionally, to ensure veterans can afford your private institutions, many universities, including Harvard, participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program where they voluntarily reduce tuition costs for veterans.
This tradition of support and sacrifice rivals any city in the nation. Even today, whispers of the Continental Army are heard in Boston and the freedom trail reminds us all of our patriotic duty. Moreover, a significant portion of Massachusetts’ 263 Medal of Honor recipients hailed from within 50 miles of Boston.
Today, your proud tradition of selfless service is carried by the thousands of local heroes who enlist in the Armed Forces, and by the cadets (Academy and ROTC) who will lead our troops in tomorrow’s battles.
So, while we celebrate the efforts of past patriots on Independence day, , please take a moment to remember the thousands of present day patriots who serve this great nation around the world and reflect on how you will “support our troops” this year. Please know that your effort is humbly appreciated by us all. Thank you, Boston.
At Your Service,
Robert is a former Major in the United States Air Force. He is currently a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project and a student at Harvard Business School.