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…is for honoring those who have fallen in defense of their country. “Country” is a complex word. It can mean the very land on which we live. It can mean the state. It can mean your fellow citizens. It can mean the ideals for which your country stands (and this is especially true for the United States since it is, as Chesterton noted, the only country founded on a creed and not on an ethnos, whatever the white supremacists in Charlottesville may think). So you can, paradoxically, die for “We hold these truths to be self-evident” while making war on the state of Virginia and bivouacking your troops in the home of the slaveholder who wrote those words.
It is not just soldiers who have died for their country. Abraham Lincoln died for his country. John F. Kennedy died for his country, murdered by a Commie at the height of the Cold War. Martin Luther King died for his country, murdered by a miserable little racist for calling America to repent its original sin.
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A couple of weeks ago, two beautiful young men died for their country by deliberately sacrificing their lives to save their fellow Americans from the umpteenth beneficiaries of an insane gun regime that fights tooth and nail to make sure that 40,000 human beings will again be slaughtered on American soil by 12/31/19. Kendrick Castillo and Riley Howell gave their lives in the service of their country just as much as any heroes at Gettysburg or Normandy. They fought real enemies of America just as much as troops on Okinawa or at Anzio did. And they gave the last full measure of devotion, not after having a chance to think about it, sign up, go to boot camp, and prepare, but on the spur of the moment and...
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