April 16, 2012

Letter to the Editor: Honoring Community Connections

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To the Editor:

Re: “City Honors Slain Marine,” News, April 13

I commend The Daily Sun for the excellent article regarding Corporal Christopher Bordoni, United States Marine Corps. Through its respectful coverage of events such as the memorial services for Corporal Bordoni, The Sun effectively supports what many Cornell and Ithaca military veterans know is a critical mission: maintaining a connection between the University, the Ithaca community and the military services.

Cornell graduates who entered military service in the 1990’s — such as decorated Marine Corps Major Rick Gannon, who was killed in Iraq in 2004, for whom a Forward Operating Base was named and with whom I served in Cornell NROTC — never imagined that the latter portions of their military careers would take place during America’s longest war. Service members such as Corporal Bordoni, however, voluntarily joined the military in the midst of two wars, knowing that their service was almost certain to include combat. It is gratifying to see The Sun honor their service for the benefit of the Sun’s University and community audiences.

Lieutenant Colonel Michael A. Boorstein ’94

United States Marine Corps