Agree completely. In order to appreciate those sacrifices, though, they need to have knowledge about them. We have a public school system (especially the higher up you go in it) that has set out to pry that appreciation for those that have fought and died for our freedoms out of the culture entirely, and sought to redefine freedom such that even when they do find out, they no longer appreciate what we were fighting for, or think that the cost was worth the sacrifice.This is not a war. Not even close.
It is certainly a challenge, and there are parallels, but it is not a war. To compare this challenge to a war is to speak political pablum.
I understand why people often want to be part of something greater than themselves, and the convenient characterization in vogue is "our war." "Climate change is our WWII." "Corona virus is our war." But it's a strange comparison, the prevalence of which is probably due in part to many enjoying such a level of comfort and lack of needs that they feel their relatively mundane contributions to society are dwarfed by the contributions of Americans that have endured the privations, death and ruin of war.
Perhaps if people were more grateful for the sacrifices of those that served and less insecure about their own contributions to society the "[fill in the blank] is our war" silliness would stop. A war is not something that any sane person should feel entitled to, nor is anyone less of a citizen for not having been in one.
Trolls like Frostbite make that comparison easily, but except for those that have actually lost a loved-one to coronavirus, all of the privation in this "war" has been manufactured by politicians. I'm sure most of them meant well early on, when we had so little information, but there is no excuse now.