Donald Dodd, publisher, column sig

One by one, 54 young people walked across the dais and were recognized for their decision to serve our country. Tall ones, short ones. All colors of Americans. Some trying to get away and some trying to find themselves.

The Army band played patriotic music, none more patriotic than the Armed Forces Medley. All branches of the service were represented by military officers on stage, the biggest collection of brass and ribbons I have ever seen. And as “Off We Go, Into the Wild Blue Yonder” was played, it brought back a lot of memories for me.