Before you answer that question, I think that everyone, sons, especially sons, and parents included should visit one site in Singapore.

How often we take our freedom – though we are not complete free right now, with all the thumbing down coming from our so called parents – for granted.

This generation, never had to have to ration food, eat tree bark, grass, and if you were lucky enougn, you get tapioca. Smell the smoke of burning houses, see wood splinters from the neighbours bombed out house piercing through the side of yours. See fires burn for days.

So where is this place?

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I recently heard a story of how some Singaporeans were trying to get out of a neighbouring country, military checkpoints were everywhere, fires were burning, even the trip to the airport might be unsafe if you ran into mobs of unruly looters. But once you got there ticket or not, your pink ic or red passport gets you up the SQ flight back to the safety of this small island we call home.

So where is this place again? Its the Kranji War Memorial.

The inscription on the wall says:

1939 – 1945
ON THE WALLS OF THIS MEMORIAL ARE RECORDED
THE NAMES OF TWENTY FOUR THOUSAND SOLDIERS AND AIRMEN
OF MANY RACES UNITED IN SERVICE TO THE BRITISH CROWN
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN MALAYA AND NEIGHBOURING LANDS AND SEAS
AND IN THE AIR OVER SOUTHERN AND EASTERN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR
DENIED THE CUSTOMARY RITES
ACCORDED TO THEIR COMRADS IN DEATH
THEY DIED FOR ALL FREE MEN

These souls in life fought for the freedom of lands that did not belong to them nor for people they even knew. What more of us, if this our home, our land.

Remember to serve, is to serve your Nation, not the party that is the flavor day. To serve, is to defend your family, our land, do not let the service be tainted by the failure of Government.

So should we serve? Go there and find your answer.