Dean Barnett, writing in The Weekly Standard, chronicles anecdotal evidence that the “9/11 generation,” as he calls it, is following the example of their grandparents–“the greatest generation”–who answered their nation’s call in a time of peril and helped defeat tyranny. Many of these young warriors are college-educated, highly motivated, and imbued with a deep sense of historical purpose, unlike their baby-boomer parents, who largely spent their youth despising the military and avoiding responsibility.
As one young Marine Corps officer (recently graduated from Harvard) expressed it:
Our highest calling: To defend our way of life and Western Civilization; fight for the freedom of others; protect our friends, family, and country; and give hope to a people long without it.
My dad, a WWII vet, would have understood that sentiment perfectly.