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19 January

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Could you please explain the meaning of "the service of their country" in this sentence?
"The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country."
To my knowledge, it means the act of serving in the army when you reach 18, which is obligatory. If you shrink from the service of your country, you avoid the responsibility of joining the army when you turn 18.
Thank you so much.

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