Friday letters: South Carolina has a new hero

November 1, 2013 

South Carolina has a new hero — Chris Cox of Mount Pleasant, who committed an act of kindness most of us wouldn’t dare imagine.

Day after day, we sat by helplessly and waited for our elected leaders to stop throwing rotten tomatoes at one another and end the government shutdown.

Mr. Cox decided that if they couldn’t act, he would, and not ask the government to reimburse him as a bonus. He got in his truck, drove to Washington and took it upon himself to mow and clean up the grounds surrounding the Lincoln Memorial. He felt an obligation to help our National Park Service workers who were put on furlough. He was not motivated by politics but simply wanted to clean up the National Mall prior to a veterans march.

Armed with only a Palmetto State flag, chainsaw and lawn mower, he cleared away a 12-inch thick branch that had fallen on a path, and cut the grass around the monument. Park Police let him work at first but later told him he had to move on.

When asked why he did this, Cox replied: “These are our memorials. Do they think we are just going to let them go to hell? No!”

I thank Mr. Cox, for his selfless act of kindness.

Thom Wood


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