committed

after spending much of the day observing others, this is the word that came to mind while watching a veteran be honored for his service nearly sixty years ago. wondered if it meant anything to him after all that time or whether it meant more to those who held the ceremony. so much time is spent on ceremony that its substance or lack thereof is often overlooked, and in both cases, i wonder for whom the honor is ultimately desired and so outwardly bestowed.

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