To the editor:
“Why me lord?
what have I ever done,
to deserve even one,
of the pleasures I’ve known,
tell me lord,
what did I ever do,
that was worth lovin’ you,
for the kindness you’ve shown.”
— From ‘Why Me Lord,” by Kris Kristofferson.
This song was recorded and released back in 1972, the same year I received my walking papers from the Army after three years.
I was what they called regular Army in those days as in enlisted on my own free will, not drafted. One of those years was spent in Vietnam, and for a couple months in 1971, I was serving on a fire base near the Laos border.
I am writing today after reading the front page story headlined “Spotlighting memorial squares” (the Times, Page 1, Saturday, Nov. 2), and every time — in every city in America — I see one of these Veterans Memorial signs , this song echoes through my head.
I give a sincere thank you for all involved in replacing these old worn signs with new ones.
I live every day not knowing why; I was blessed in walking off a plane, not being carried off in a flag covered coffin.
JANICE JOSEPHINE CARNEY
Heights at Cape Ann, Gloucester