It is, was, the soldier who served, fought, was wounded, physically, mentally, or killed.
It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, who gave us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who gave us the right to demonstrate.
It again is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, who allows protesters to burn the flag and the rest of us to fly and honor it.