A Thesis on Veteran’s Day

Farming and service were both common and familiar through much of our nation’s history. But in the American experience, they have gone from common (nearly universal) to rare (1 to 2% of the population) in just a couple of generations. Perhaps it is not surprising then that we have idealized them. They are no longer intimately familiar, but not yet alien.

When we think of farmers and soldiers, we think of our grandfathers.

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