Letter: A uniform fight
A ConVal High School senior who just graduated from U.S. Marine Corps boot camp has been denied the privilege of wearing his Marine Corps uniform at graduation. His family has been in an uproar over the principal’s suggestion that he wear it under his cap and gown, including his mother who calls it “disgraceful to the uniform.” I wonder: Had the young man been drafted by an NBA team, would he expect to attend graduation in his Chicago Bulls uniform. Had he taken vows, ought he graduate in a Franciscan friar’s brown cloak?
Those other examples are, of course, absurd. What distinguishes this argument is that it involves a military uniform and America’s worrisome exaltation of martial virtues above all others. It is curious that what makes military organizations work is dedication to the team while this family seeks to elevate their own values above that of the ConVal team.