While wandering around New Orleans during my recent trip there, I found myself in Washington Artillery Park on the river. I stopped to listen in to a walking tour in progress. The tour guide was talking about the history of the park and how it pays tribute to the 141st Field Artillery of the Louisiana National Guard. She described how the 141st was one of the oldest units in the U.S. military and then, almost swooning, she said the unit had continued its great tradition of service by having just been deployed to Iraq. It was about this time I moved on trying not to be an obvious (and non-paying) tour parasite. But here comments stuck with me.
Fast forward to this week. The city of New Orleans, having been spectacularly failed by the state and federal government, is in desperate need of troops on the ground to maintain order in the city. I’m not sure how much the 141st could have helped but being in Iraq they sure can’t do anything. I suspect many members of that unit are now wondering where they really would be doing more good.
BONUS: 100 blog points to anyone who can tell me what the title of this post refers to.