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An ungrateful nation
An ungrateful nation

I have a sticker on the tailgate of my pickup; it has the smiling face of a Marine and a date, 10/19/05 — the last day of the Marine's 21 years. The image of the young man — Norman Anderson III — had begun to fade. I recently asked Norman's mother, Robyn, who lives down the road, for a new sticker. We have heard it said that America is divided between givers and takers. I agree, but the point of separation that I have in mind has nothing to do with taxpaying. It is rather the separation between those who have served and those who have been served. The spouse or parents of those who have given their all receive the folded flag of a "grateful nation"; it...

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