It’s human nature and will not change. You are right the Veterans are put on display to make everyone feel better. Like seeing some guy that could have been you in a wheelchair makes me feel better.
I can’t stop thinking about Winston Churchill. One of the truly great leaders of WWII. When the war was over how did the British people show their thanks, by throwing him out of office. His thinking wasn’t progressive enough for the post war era. So it goes over and over again. Just pray that the next time to battle flag goes up there will be men like Churchill ready to step in the breach.