As always, I remember Bobby Bates, my neighbor several houses down Wayne Avenue as a boy growing up in Suffern, New York. He died in the Vietnam War at the age of 19. I’ve discussed him and his family here before. I can still sense the agony of his mother when word came.
The essence of duty is higher than any particular cause. It should never be taken for granted. Freedom should never be taken for granted.
And enemies should never be taken lightly, whether they are abroad or within.