Military service is a grand tradition, one that honors the ideals this country was founded on: freedom, hard work, faith, and helping others. It is a tradition that many young men and women in today's world ignore for greater aspirations. Those that give their life to their country, for one year or twenty, metaphorically and literally, deserve our thanks, for they help keep these ideals alive.
Service to others is a principle not practiced by many, but is one that we should all practice. What better way to make the world a better place. Go out and help someone.
Poetically, Siegfried Sassoon's Dreamers, summed up the life of the military at war, when those that serve are in the greatest service.... I like the music, the mundane life they miss.