Wars are controversial. We only have to look back a few years to remember this. We only have to look back a few years more to remember the Vietnam war, a war that polarized the nation.
My dad had no interest in fighting a war. But it didn’t matter; he was drafted anyway. He was 18.
He enrolled as a Marine, fought for a year, and returned home a changed man to a world that had changed while he was gone.
He doesn’t talk about his time in combat very much. Maybe he just doesn’t want to dwell on a bitter past, when the future has been so good to him.
To this day, every time he meets a Marine he greets him, shakes his hand, and has a few words.
For him, every day is Veteran’s Day.