The New York Public Library has a small exhibit (smaller than my apartment!) entitled: Over Here: WWI and the Fight for the American Mind. The room is packed with propaganda, celebrating our brave boys (and vilifying the Germans).
Probably because I love ironic, self deprecating t-shirts, the theme that particularly caught my attention was that of the “Slacker.” I’m pretty sure that back then, not even I could have laughingly applied the term to myself.
As the poem says, it is true that “a country must needs be defended,” and I am grateful for everyone whose served, past and present. I do hope that peace prevails and as few people as have to are forced to make this sacrifice in the future.