Fuleky leaves before the evening ends--he says he'll get too emotional if he stays. As he told me they would, the vets, their friends, and their spouses form a circle that goes all the way around the room. Holding hands, they sing along with Lee Greenwood:
... And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I gladly stand up, next to you and defend her still today. 'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.
[Originally published in June, 2013.]