10 Ways to Destroy the Imagination of your Children, Ch. 5: Cast Aspersions upon the Heroic and Patriotic

10 Ways to Destroy the Imagination of your Children, Ch. 5: Cast Aspersions upon the Heroic and Patriotic

"We watched in silence, not understanding the half of what was going on. The commander barked out an order. Clock clock, went the rifle bolts. Fire! And again, and again, a salute of twenty-one guns. Then amid the curling smoke, and the boom still reverberating in our eardrums, and the birds frightened into flight, came the lone plaintive call of taps. . . . You didn't really need the words. For as we boys stood there, listening, we suspected that something of dreadful importance had gone on, something that had to do with being a man, and even more, with belonging to a nation."

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