Miss Saigon is the awarding winning musical that’s playing in downtown Boston, that weaves a tragic love story around the calamity that was the Vietnam War. When Saigon falls to the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong in 1975, all American personnel and South Vietnamese are evacuated, leaving behind the homes of hundreds South Vietnamese who had aided the American effort. An American GI and his Vietnamese wife fall victim to this chaos of the American evacuation. Miss Saigon is a compelling drama. But, more importantly, it casts the truth that “War is Hell”
In its most recent engagement in Boston just prior to our July 4th holiday it invites us to reflect on how far our country has come in 244 years. But it also reminds us of how far we have yet to go in order to secure the kind of world that was the hope of our forebears.
Most important its the realization that a more peaceful world is within our grasp if we rise to the challenge of understanding and accepting our role as the leader of the free world. There is no question that patriotism is always a virtue worth cultivating. Regardless of our political differences, all of us cherish our country, our freedoms and our prosperity.
When we celebrate our nation’s birth on July 4th, we should be sobered by the sacrifices that have been made that enable us to be who we are today.