That exceptionally handsome young man is the son of a soldier. He’s the grandson of one as well and the father of a soldier. My family are soldiers like Skywalkers are Jedi.
I grew up saying the pledge of allegiance. I was a cub scout, boy scout, and Captain America was my favorite superhero. Of course I knew we weren’t perfect; I grew up in the south in the 70’s and there was no hiding from THAT. But I picked fights with bullies and loved rock(i.e. classic rock). I was fine.
I guess I still serve my country. My jobs since I got out have been with various agencies. But I do it from outside now.
I dream of people I killed occasionally.
Being a patriot isn’t about blindly thinking your country is perfect. It’s about having a family, knowing a few have serious problems and trying to work it out.
Do what you can when you can to be supportive. And loving your family doesn’t mean you automatically hate everyone else, right?