"Yes it is a symbol, but a much greater one to them than to US."
Maybe to most - but to some of us an indicator of a major screw-up that we should have learned a lesson from - I hope we have. I don't think so given the state of our current political situation now.
When at the pointed tip of the spear, sometimes they are 'it'
Sometimes you are it
If ever I could ever I was able to write a message/book back to all the young people, I think that would be the title of it