THIS VETERANS DAY, we reflect on the sacrifices made by those who volunteered to defend the United States. But let’s also find time to consider that these sacrifices were undertaken to defend values that our “ruling class in waiting” seeks to undermine.

Many students at elite colleges don’t realize that they are protected by the very principles they despise and the people to whom they condescend.

Veterans Day is a tribute to all military veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the armistice with Germany went into effect.

Rob Henderson, a doctoral candidate and Air Force veteran, said it is his observation that the men and women in the military are predominantly working and middle-class people who swear an oath to defend with their lives the U.S. Constitution including the First and Second Amendments.

While on campus, Henderson found the affluent college students tend to regularly trash the First and seek to dismantle the Second. He is dismayed to see the ones being groomed for success and power are trying to undermine American values.

In truth, many of the rich students at elite colleges love American values, too. But they know that loving the Constitution and its first two amendments marks one as working class or low status and that being against those things codes as educated. So they rail against those values to distinguish themselves from one crowd and fit into another.

Seeing his peers question the Constitution is a jarring experience for veterans, said Henderson. Veterans on campus also are shocked by the treatment of race. That should be a concern of all Americans.

The military is perhaps the most meritocratic institution in the United States. Women and men of all backgrounds come together, united in their purpose to defend this great country. The best research we have shows that women and nonwhite service members report greater job satisfaction and quality of life than do white male members.

Let’s use this annual occasion to salute all past, current and future military veterans. We owe all of them our deepest gratitude.

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AN OLD friend, Larry Tobin, shared some thoughts on aging with me recently.

He said he was on two diets. He wasn’t getting enough food on one. He said he really doesn’t mind getting older, but his body is taking it badly. Larry admits he thought getting old would take longer; a lot longer.

Wise guys shouldn’t irritate old people. The older we get, the less “life in prison” is a deterrent.

Larry believes a cold seat in a public restroom is unpleasant, but a warm seat in a public restroom is worse.

Reports this past year of UFO sightings have soared. Larry said aliens probably fly by Earth and lock their doors.

Apparently RSVPing to a wedding invitation “maybe next time” isn’t the correct response.

It turns out that being an adult now is mostly just googling how to do stuff.

Larry’s a former newspaper editor. As he watches this new generation try to rewrite our history, one thing he’s sure of is it will be misspelled and have no punctuation.

Larry took his wife, Kathy, to one of those restaurants where they make food right in front of you. He took her to Subway. That’s when the fight started. When things got serious, Larry told Kathy he wanted to be cremated. She made an appointment for Tuesday.