It’s no secret a legend in the music industry Whitney Houston passed away last weekend and many people worldwide are mourning the loss of what was considered to be one of the greatest voices of our generation.
As to be expected because of Whitney’s troubled history the media has run with this story and round the clock focus has been placed on her death. Thanks to the popularity of social media word of her death has spread like wildfire via Facebook and Twitter with Youtube music tributes , memories and condolences. While many are grieving on social media sites , her death has also brought up the question of “Why do celebs get more attention when they die instead of our troops?” on military pages and online communities.
Am I surprised? No! When Michael Jackson died the same thing happened he was blasted, harsh things were said and there was a whose death deserves more credit sentiment happening.
The truth is I loved Whitney and I love the troops. To compare the two is totally different for me and I personally have a hard time understanding why some of the military community feels the need to question those who mourn the loss of a favorite singer . actor etc. The reality is the military is only 1% of the population. While the majority of the country I truly believes loves and supports our troops, many folks are just not as familiar with the military as we are. Naturally those related to the military directly are going to understand the pain and grief that goes into loosing one of our brave heroes who sacrificed their lives.
People don’t know the troop that lost his life that the news only scrolls across the bottom of the screen. If we are going to place blame then let’s start with the media who barely gives a five minute story to a service member who has lost their life. Those who are not familiar with the military and the pride and the true sacrifice will never know if the mass news outlets don’t do a better job of making people aware.
I do wonder do some people think military dependents come off as being contradictory when we scream “My hero fights for your right to be free” yet when people display those acts of freedom, somehow they don’t care about the loss of a hero or about the military at all?
That being said any death is tragic. When people make comments about Whitney being the cause of her own demise and people shouldn’t mourn for her …I simply say that music brings joy to people. Music is the soundtrack to life. Music has gotten soldiers through deployments. It was Whitney’s music along with Mariah and Three Doors down who got me threw several deployments. I can’t tell you how many times I sung ” I Will Always Love You” or “All The Man” I need to my soldier via Skype and phone when he was deployed. I can relate a song of hers to every stage of my life from childhood and up. It was music that got my husband through several boring nights in his room while lonely in Iraq.
At the end of the day everyone including our troops leaves behind a legacy and so be the same with Whitney. While you may not hear it on the news a service member’s death leaves behind a legacy of freedom and sacrifice to protect family and country. Whitney left the legacy of a beautiful voice that many will remember as part of special moments in their lives.
There is no need to disrespect the death of one over the other because no matter whose death is projected on the news more each one is still and will always be a painful loss to those they loved.
Rest In Love and Paradise to the 6300+ brave heroes who gave all and to Whitney Houston for the awesome soundtrack to life you provided so many.
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