[MUSIC PLAYING] KEITH TAYLOR: One of my favorite things about Veterans Day is I always get a Happy Veterans Day message from my son.
Veteran's Day means a lot to me in a way. You have to believe that there's some reason why you're here and that you should be trying to do something good.
I took education in the same way that I took the army and the way I take life. You're put on the world and this Earth for some purpose. You never know what it is. You can't always decide what's put in your hands to hold.
I felt that by teaching about Vietnam, teaching about the war, teaching about whatever the things are that I have taught about is some way to make something good out of a bad experience.
Those of us who did serve, we all had different experiences. Last spring, when I had the 50th anniversary with the guys that I served with, we're all so different-- different politics, different religions. But we all respect each other.
We all understood that we're in this together. We were in it together then, and we still are. But who really makes the commitment to go and serve?
I would advocate national service. You don't have to go in the military, but I think it's really good, very healthy for young people, to have to do something for the country.
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Keith Taylor, professor of Asian studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, who also served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War, speaks about the connections between service and education.