Until really recently, I could not relate to the men and women of the military – until they retired and got into business. Of course, I’d always clap when members of the service were announced, clapping for the vague notion that these people are protecting America, protecting us. Really though, it’s been hard to relate because I never served, I don’t understand what it’s like to be in the military, and I don’t know why we engage in the wars we do. When I’d say the Pledge, it felt hokey.
Recently that changed. My son became 2nd Lieutenant Tabor in the U.S. Air Force. This was entirely his idea. He wants to serve his country and he wants to learn lessons of leadership within a disciplined group with a common pursuit.
The young Millennials are often maligned as thoughtless and privileged. It seems to me that helping them find meaning, and supporting them when they do, builds stronger organizations and communities.
At Dan’s commissioning (becoming an officer), I said the Pledge of Allegiance and meant it for the first time in a long time.