In what can only be described as “selfish,” residents in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania filed a noise complaint against an active duty service member who has been playing Taps every night for over a year. Joshua Corney, a naval lieutenant commander, uses a sound system to play a recording of Taps every evening in honor of the brave men and women who have died in the name of protecting our freedom.

Sounds pretty noble, yeah? Well, apparently some of his neighbors have a real problem with that. After several noise complaints were submitted to the Glen Rock Borough Council, the Council ruled that Corney only be allowed to play Taps on Sundays and flag holidays. Pretty ironic, considering that they’re trying to take away his right to free speech, a right he’s fought long and hard to protect.

Besides, it’s not like he’s blasting it at midnight. Corney plays the recording every evening at 8 p.m. That’s more than reasonable.

Oh, and for the record, the recording that Corney plays is only 57 seconds long. Cry me a river if you can’t handle that.

Fortunately, not everyone is being such a big baby about it. Kathy Pollard, who lives in the nearby area, says she and her family were enraged when they first heard about the Council’s ruling.

“We are furious,” Pollard told reporters. “I thought: How wrong is that?”

In the grand scheme of things, listening to Taps every night is a small price to pay in comparison to the enormous amount of sacrifices that our service members make every day. The fact that people are complaining about it just goes to show how ungrateful and unpatriotic our society has become.

Our soldiers are already lacking the financial, emotional, and psychological support that they need. Coming down with a ruling like this is just one more slap in the face.

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Martin Ackerman is a freelance writer and current editor originally from Staten Island, NY. His university schooling focused on English education and Japanese. He has a (not so secret) passion for art history and political science. When he isn't writing or editing you can find him at sci-tech conventions, building the latest LEGO city or pampering his cat, Tea. You can follow him on Twitter @MarMackerman.