Youth fashion trend devalues U.S. history


A recent trend in clothing design is boasting insignia of military divisions, and while some might think this is a great way to revere those who fought in many wars  to support our country and the values we treasure, they are sorely mistaken.

This trend should give the opportunity to recognize soldiers who many might not have been aware of, and it should give us a chance to pay tribute to those who are most deserving of our praise – but the youth who are wearing it are not recognizing the value of the design.

Young people should be honored to have the opportunity to spread this awareness, but it seems few are even cognizant of what they are actually representing when these logos are displayed.

The Big Red One has been worn by countless soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division who endured seemingly endless wars.

“The patch symbolizes the legacy and tradition that binds all generations of those who have worn the Big Red One,” according to the Web site of the Society of the 1st Infantry Division.

This logo also symbolizes courage, perseverance, determination and pride in one’s country.

And now random young people will be boasting the same insignia, thanks to a new clothing line at Sears.

Although wearing this could be representative of honor, anyone who doesn’t understand the history behind it or who hasn’t endured the experiences that go along with it should not have the right to wear it.

Walking to and from class and fighting to support a country are two incredibly different things.

It shouldn’t be worn for any other reason than honoring those who fought for our freedoms.

Allowing non-members of the 1st Infantry Division to display this badge cheapens the high esteem and respect that goes along with it.

And it devalues more than the symbol.

The trend is cheapening the value of fearless soldiers who fought and died for our country.

They are the ones who earned the right to wear the Big Red One – not middle school boys who fight each other after gym.

Putting meaningful pieces of history like this on random items worn by random people causes them to lose meaning.

When we let that happen, we lose our valuable history as well.

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