Every Memorial Day, Rolling Thunder's 50,000 motorcycles shake every monument in Washington, DC. Primarily composed of Vietnam veterans, the message is clear. We are still very much here. We will not be forgotten.
I live and have lived all my life in active battle readiness. Ready for orders that a family member must leave for some threatening place and may not return. Ready for him to take up the oath, "Duty, Honor, Country," and all the inner contradictions that come with it.