The Corner

The Valor of Staff Sergeant Phillip Myers

On Sunday evening Air Force Staff Sergeant Phillip Myers passed through Dover Air Force Base on his final journey home, from the battlefield in Afghanistan to his resting place in the United States. As part of a new policy approved by the Pentagon, his family graciously granted permission to the media to take photos of his flag-draped coffin as it was transferred to a waiting hearse by fellow warriors in a dignified ceremony on the airport’s tarmac. He was the first American to fall in battle whose coffin was photographed by the press since 1991. It is incumbent upon the media that they not allow heroes like Staff Sergeant Myers to become pawns in some political game. It is incumbent upon us to ensure that this does not happen. We won’t let it happen. In the meantime, perhaps we can reflect on the words of Pericles, whose funeral oration honoring the Athenian war-dead in 431 B.C. captures the valor of Sergeant Myers: “When the moment came they were minded to resist and suffer, rather than to fly and save their lives. They ran away from the word of dishonor, and on the battlefield their feet stood fast, and in an instant, at the height of their fortune, they passed away from the scene, not of their fear, but of their glory.”

— Joseph Morrison Skelly is co-editor of Ideas Matter: Essays in Honor of Conor Cruise O’Brien and a college professor in New York City.

Members of the National Review editorial and operational teams are included under the umbrella “NR Staff.”

Most Popular

White House

Hell, Yes

Editor’s Note: If you would like to read more pros and cons on voting for President Trump, further essays on the subject, each from a different perspective, can be found here, here, here, here, and here. These articles, and the one below, reflect the views of the individual authors, not of the National ... Read More
White House

Hell, Yes

Editor’s Note: If you would like to read more pros and cons on voting for President Trump, further essays on the subject, each from a different perspective, can be found here, here, here, here, and here. These articles, and the one below, reflect the views of the individual authors, not of the National ... Read More

Another Pollster Sees a Trump Win

The Trafalgar Group’s Robert Cahaly is an outlier among pollsters in that he thinks President Trump will carry Michigan, Pennsylvania, or both, and hence be reelected with roughly 280 electoral votes. (I explained his thinking here.) Last week another pollster, Jim Lee of Susquehanna Polling and Research, ... Read More

Another Pollster Sees a Trump Win

The Trafalgar Group’s Robert Cahaly is an outlier among pollsters in that he thinks President Trump will carry Michigan, Pennsylvania, or both, and hence be reelected with roughly 280 electoral votes. (I explained his thinking here.) Last week another pollster, Jim Lee of Susquehanna Polling and Research, ... Read More
Economy & Business

Daylight Savings Forever

Before I became a parent, I didn't have especially strong feelings about the time shifting by an hour twice a year. Like most people I was aware of the downsides -- increased car accidents, schedule confusion, etc. -- and I figured it would be better to knock it off. But I didn't feel personally offended by ... Read More
Economy & Business

Daylight Savings Forever

Before I became a parent, I didn't have especially strong feelings about the time shifting by an hour twice a year. Like most people I was aware of the downsides -- increased car accidents, schedule confusion, etc. -- and I figured it would be better to knock it off. But I didn't feel personally offended by ... Read More