Vindman is a ‘hero proved’

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 | 2 a.m.

Katharine Lee Bates must have had a vision about Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman when she penned one section of “America the Beautiful.”

It reads:

O beautiful for heroes proved in everlasting strife!

Who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life!

America, America, may God thy gold refine

til all success be nobleness and every gain divine!