I was going to make this post a diatribe on my disagreements with spurious nationalism and the multitudes of people who fall into that category but I’m going to let that sleeping dog lie.
Instead let this serve as a humble thank you to the veterans who have served something larger than themselves. You all did the work humbly that so many braggarts tout when they raise the flag. Your service was appreciated even if I don’t completely understand the full reasoning for it. It isn’t my lot to understand why a person would commit to this endeavor, but it is within my reach to respect any effort done with conviction.
In short: Thank you.
From someone who hates the world which causes young men to die far away from home at the whims of old men.