Thursday, April 20, 2017


Only those who will risk going too far
can possibly find out how far one can go.
- T.S. Eliot

In the 2017 Boston Marathon, which took place on Monday under very warm April skies, thousands of men and women put themselves to Eliot's test and passed it with aplomb. 

Among their number were two retired American veterans, each of whom has lost his left leg to a combat injury.  Earl Granville, retired from the United States Army, apparently lost his leg to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2008.  His "disability" did not prevent him for competing in and completing the Boston Marathon, which he did while carrying his guide and running partner, Andi Piscopo, across his shoulders.

Staff Sgt. Luis Sanchez, U.S.M.C. (Retired) participated in Monday's Marathon on behalf of the Semper Fi Fund and did this year what he did last year, which is complete the 26.2 mile course on his prosthetic left leg with an American flag firmly grasped in his hand.  Sgt. Sanchez's flag bore the names of the Marines with whom he served in combat, including those with whom he served in Afghanistan in 2013 when an IED cost him his left leg. 

I do not know whether badassery is a word or merely a Sniglet.  But as was the case with Justice Potter Stewart and pornography, I recognize when I see it.  On Monday, I saw it.  As did anyone who happened to watch these two veterans in action. 



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