Her son, my grandfather, had been buried there decades earlier, and my father has the right to be buried there as well. I've got cousins who have earned their place, too. Honestly, if I told you about my family, it would be like that scene in Forest Gump, where Forest traces the line of Lt. Dan's pride back, war by war. For a pacifist, I've sure got a lot of guns in my history.
The point is, that we all know it takes a special kind of person to stand up for what they believe, especially in the face of adversity. But it takes a special kind of hero to fight for the beliefs and rights of people they have never met. To go out in a time of active war and put their life on the line not just for the other people in their unit, but for the friends and family back home. For the family and friends they've not yet had a chance to meet.
To often, we forget those heroes, or blame them for starting a war they never asked for, but put their heart and soul into finishing. This weekend is Memorial Day over here in the States, a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to their country. It is also a chance to thank all of our service members for their hard work and sacrifice.
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