There is a controversy surrounding the filming for the popular TV show Hawaii Five-O. Ordinarily most people in the Tea Party movement do not care about what goes on in the entertainment industry. This controversy is one that does merit our attention.
What is it?
Last week, a special group of Americans made a trip to Hawaii. This was not their first trip to Hawaii. In fact, the first time all of these men were together in Hawaii was on December 7th, 1941.
Last week, these men and some of their families were back in Hawaii again for the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. Today, less than ten percent of those who served during World War II are still alive.
For the men who made this trip, there was also another tacit acknowledgement. This would be their last trip. The average age of a Pearl Harbor is in the early nineties. In fact, there are now so few Pearl Harbor survivors left that the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association is disbanding at the end of the month.
On December 9th, 24 Pacific veterans, including 23 Pearl Harbor survivors were taken to the National Cemetery of the Pacific for a memorial ceremony honoring those who fell during the attack on Pearl Harbor and those who fell during the Pacific campaign.
While the men were at the cemetery, the TV show Hawaii Five-O was filming at the cemetery. As the National Anthem was played and the ceremony went on, the CBS production crew was filming. At first they told the veterans and their families to hush, then repeatedly pushed them back and finally told them to hurry up. As the veterans were laying roses on the graves of their fallen comrades, a production employee walked through the middle of the ceremony telling them to hurry up.
Perhaps the ultimate insult came at the end, when someone with the veterans group asked if one of the cast members of Hawaii Five-O could come over and say hello to the group. The production crew refused.
These World War II vets are a tough bunch. They went through the first depression and then the Second World War. I can guarantee you they did not let this incident ruin their trip, though some of their family members might feel differently.
Unfortunately, the attitude shown by the production crew is far too common in the entertainment industry.
We all owe those men and women who served in the Second World War a debt we cannot repay.
World War II veterans are rapidly leaving us. My father served in Europe under General George Patton. He passed away in 2008. Both of my uncles served in the Navy in World War II. They are both gone as well.
CBS has issued a carefully nuanced statement claiming they would look into the incident and throwing out some boilerplate language about how they respect the veterans of World War II
Those 24 veterans will never go back to the place that changed their lives and changed history again. By the time December 7, 2012 comes around, age will have claimed even more of them. If CBS were really sorry, it would be nice of them to do something other than issue a meaningless statement.
If CBS is really sorry, perhaps they can come up with something more appropriate to show respect for some men who helped save this country. If CBS is going to do something, do it quickly, while these men are still here to appreciate it.
People of all ages should show there respect to these men.If it wasnt for them we would probably have three dominate languages(german,italian,japanese).
what do you expect from the LIBERAL Hollywood nut cases. Totally out of line and where is our Bonzo to say something about this since Hollywood is donatating to his Marxist regime. Afterall isn't he from Hawaii, shame.
I am so sad to hear of this. What is the world coming to when a film crew didn't have the good sense to stop what they were doing and film history in the making. Sad that they don't know the truth about our country. But a lot of it is our fault because we looked the other way when the Liberals took over our colleges and schools. We better wake up fast and make sure we turn this country around. Please send you story to FOX news and Glenn Beck.
I'm not surprised. Last year I went to the county buildings and found our Flag at full mast. I asked a county supervisor why our Flag was not at half mast and received a blank stare. I explained as simply as I could the meaning of December 7th. He finally understood and told me it was our county administrator's job. This year I called the ca's office on December 6th to remind the "correct" people. The lady in the office said she would call maintainence and call me back. Maintainence called and at first tried to explain his directions showed he should not lower our Flag because it's a federal holiday, not county. I explained, a federal "holiday" is also remembered on a county level. I did let him know I would check the Flags on December 7th and I did have his name.
Hollywood types are not living in a real world and I wish they would leave our's alone. We should all write letters to the editor of our papers about the treatment of our Veterans in Hawaii. Think the letters will be published?
Thanks for this, Judson. What an outrageous, rude insult to our Pearl Harbor veterans. I will let the producers of the show know why our family will no longer be watching, and I will try to find their advertisers and let them know why, as well. Hit 'em where it hurts with the only thing they understand: money/ratings!
G-d bless all our veterans!
thank you for this story please tell us the email address to what person at CBS that we can email to and tell them how
UN-American they were and how us American are free because of these men.
I would like to know the right email address so I can say how wrong they were to these men
The people in the white house have no respect for an7y men or women in our military
Maybe CBS could offer to reimburse the vets for their costs to travel to Hawaii or offer to pay for their return next year ( those who may wish to return ). Actually there is probably nothing that can be down to right this wrong. I never watched the show anyhow and definitly won't watch now.
Actually, I never saw much of a memorial for December 7 this year. How much that has been forgotten when once we were a great Nation. The far left and even some of the moderates rate September 11 with much more reverence than December 7. Both were tragedies, but December 7 was against our military and there were almost as many casualties on December 7 as there was on September 11 and their survivors did not get about $1 million for those casualties.
we should'nt hold our breath
Simple stop watching that NETWORK ( RULE WITH YOUR WALLET ).
Never watched & never planned to. This clinches it. This utterly sickens me to the core of my very soul.
Thanks for that Judson, I had no idea....WILL NOT WATCH 'HAWAII 5-O'......unfortunately this is the 20% that still back o!@#$%^. Sorry we TPs are not putting up with it...good by Hawaii 5-0.........How rude, and they probably didn't even know.......