Americans yearn to talk to SEALs in bin Laden raid
By JULIE WATSON
SAN DIEGO — Patrons in bars across the country are raising toasts in the air, hoping the gesture of gratitude would somehow reach the clandestine Navy SEAL team that took down Osama bin Laden. Millions others are turning to social networks with their thoughts.
For many of them, it feels frustratingly incomplete to be deprived the chance to see the faces of those they consider heroes for killing the world’s most-wanted terrorist.
“I don’t know what is more impressive – that you did this with such excellence and secrecy, or that this was just another day at the office,” Pamela Jardieu-Aderman responded. “Thank you to all of the SEALS for a lifetime of sharp swords and full hearts… you guys make America extremely proud, even though we never get to tell you to your faces.”
The 40-year-old freelance grant writer and photographer from Utica, N.Y., said in a follow-up e-mail to the AP that she is glad the SEALs’ identities are not being revealed to protect them, but she wishes there was some way the nation could show its gratitude on a large-scale. She suggested a tribute in the form of a White House electronic bulletin board for messages, or a national day of volunteerism, or a ceremony for the SEALs.