The old man who wouldn’t kneel to Loki fought in one of the same battles Captain America was in; on different sides of course, but he never forgot those stars and stripes. After the war he ended up in East Germany, and though he loved his country and couldn’t imagine being disloyal to it, when his daughter smuggled her children to West Germany and then to America, he couldn’t bring himself to be disappointed.
When he learned that Captain America had been thawed from the ice he thought about things he hadn’t thought about in a long time, and was finally able to admit that maybe his country had been in the wrong. When he stands in the square, he is not standing up to Loki, but to Hitler, to his commanding officers in the war, and to his seventeen-year-old self that said, “My country, right or wrong.”
Seeing Captain America again is hard, but in the end he is glad.
Submitted by meg720