ABERDEEN, Md. — From the earliest days of the American experience, millions of dedicated patriots have answered the call to serve, taking on the sacred oath to defend and preserve our Nation’s ideals of liberty and democracy. These brave men and women represent the best of us. They have come from all different walks of life, and have different backgrounds, cultures and socioeconomic statuses. But when they come together and wear the cloth of the Nation, they collectively represent the values that make America the greatest country in the world.