Regarding the May 24 Sports article “Paying tribute, playing on”:

The stadium that bears the name of the University of Phoenix routinely holds sporting events where tribute is paid to men and women in uniform. We sponsor morale, welfare and recreation events on bases and at military posts. We also hold regular ceremonies rife with symbolism that express humble gratitude — however meager — for the sacrifices of service members, veterans and those their families have lost. All efforts fall short. Our inadequacy in the face of their bravery and sacrifice is apparent to all. But we still miss no opportunity to do all that we can — and with a variety of service, activity and purpose — to show reverence and gratitude for those who “insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

While The Post reminded us all to do more — and to do better — it missed an axiom we often used in the military’s intelligence community, which is that actions and behavior are unequivocal indicators of intent. In honoring service members through tribute, we manifest our respect. I hope we may all be guilty of paying too much respect, saluting too often and pledging our allegiance to the flag and republic too openly in honor of our veterans’ sacrifices.  

James “Spider” Marks, Oakton

The writer, a retired Army major general, is executive dean of the College of Security and Criminal Justice at the University of Phoenix.