|photo courtesy of cleveland.com|
therefore, i'm going to plead with you--yes you, the person reading this right now--and ask you to please sign a petition that the Cleveland Indians started to award Bob Feller the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Feller willingly put his baseball career on hold after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and became the first professional baseball player to join the U.S. Navy during World War II. his bravery and courage earned him the rank of Chief Petty Officer. after Feller returned, he refused to be recognized as a hero, stating, "i'm no hero. heroes don't come back."
if you'd like to lend your support to Feller and the Indians in this cause, here's how:
CLICK HERE to sign the petition. all that is required of you is typing your first name, last name, email address, and zip code (if you like). once you've filled in all the required fields, click the SIGN NOW button. you will then receive a verification email from "WE THE PEOPLE" that you did in fact sign the petition. click the link provided within that email to confirm your signature, and that's it! your first and last initial will then appear publicly on the petition online, along with your city and state if you provided your zip code. doesn't take more than a couple minutes.
you don't even need to be an Indians fan to participate in this. i think anyone who loves the game of baseball and admires selfless men who love their country can get behind this cause.
a total of 100,000 signatures are needed by March 4. at the time of this blog post, Feller still needs over 90,000 signatures. with just a little over 3 weeks left, that will be no small task. if you've already signed the petition, please spread the word and ask your friends to sign it as well. thank you for your time.
you know, this is a blog that i really had no intentions of writing. but then as i continued to see the lack of progress being made with the petition since it's origination on February 3, i was motivated to help and am going to take advantage of my position as a blogger to reach a varied range of people. if i can get even one person to sign, who wasn't otherwise going to sign it, then it'll have been worth it. but with the wider audience i'm now reaching, i hope i can get a lot more than just one person to sign it!