Something very important was lost in the outcry over Ms. Edwards and others at the UW and their statements against honoring Lt. Col. Greg "Pappy" Boyington. I am as guilty of this oversight as any who have been following the story. Remember the reason that this whole controversy began ... a student senator at the University of Washington (affectionately called U-dub in these parts) created a resolution to memorialize and honor Lt. Col. Boyington.
A Resolution Calling a Memorial for UW Alumni awarded the Medal of Honor
This is fine work by Mr. Everett! He has proposed a method of honoring those who had already been awarded the MOH, and laid the path for future alumni recipients to be honored as well. Great thinking, and well planned.
Two other new items on the active legislation list also caught my eye. The first is a proposal to acknowledge and support those who have fought for freedom: (An Act Supporting Those Who Work for a Free and Democratic Society, and while a good start - it appears to need a little polishing. Specifically because it names only two of the CMOH awardees.
The other new resolution regards the access of military recruiters to the University of Washington students, and the ROTC on campus. This is too important to mention here as a footnote - look for more on it soon!
Meanwhile - if you remember the name of only one current UW student, make it Andrew Everett. Someone you should know!
Also, check out Blackfive's post regarding the apology resolution, and the new scholarship fund to be established. This is something I plan to support!
Lt. Col. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington Memorial Scholarship Fund