Two Clashing Symbols

Each in his own way vividly symbolized the two contrasting views of the State of the Union. President Reagan led a standing ovation for the heroism in Grenada of Sergeant Stephen Trujillo, an Army Ranger from Denver, "who reminds us what it means to be Americans." Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, moderator of the Democratic response to Reagan, cited the death in Beirut of Marine Corporal Edward Gargano from Quincy, Mass., as tragic proof that the Administration's Lebanon policy is wrongheaded.

Trujillo will soon get a silver star from the Army for repeatedly rushing into the flaming wreckage of three U.S. helicopters that...

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