Patriotism is not a part of our DNA — it must be learned. A healthy patriotism is rooted in a willingness to serve a cause larger than the self. It is demonstrated in the ability to sacrifice one’s own comforts, even one’s own needs for the greater good of others. This is at the heart and core of military service. Those who serve the nation, who lay their lives on the line for the defense of the nation, for the security of its people are the embodiment of healthy patriotism.
Apparently he wanted to do this at the D-Day Memorial but was unable to gain entry. Instead, with his dad, he went to Omaha Beach. The story can be found here. Project Vigil