GREAT post AQ. Thanks for taking the time !...
It is a simple respect for the dead. The dead who gave their very lives so that I could live.
There's always something to learn from you :)
There's also the aspect of respect for life. One of the reasons why I don't fish unless I'm apt to eat or feed others with what is caught. But that's my view that isn't getting jammed down anyone's throat.
IMO pride in doing ANYTHING the right way is okay.
You hunted for 18 years before getting an elk. Obviously being very good at whatever you do is important. Sounds like persistence in pursuing perfection.
Instilling that viewpoint in younger folks is an accomplishment :)
"proud of his accomplishments" got 1.25 Million hits on google.
"proud of her accomplishments" gets 1.3 million
"proud of my accomplishments" gets 775k
I think it is safe to say that MANY kids are looking for respect and acknowledgment of their achievements.
"take pride in your work" gets 2.6M hits.