A young man left home early one morning knowing this was the right thing to do, he went down and signed his name on the dotted line so to say, loaded up with a large number of other scared faces to go off and defend his homeland just like his Daddy did, never to return home again.
He may have been killed in the first battle he was ever involved in, never hearing the bullet with his name on it, or he may have been looking into the face of the enemy as his life was taken away, some details never make it back home to the family as it really happened.
He may have advanced quickly through the ranks, leading other young men into battle, a born leader who is admired by all, and excels in everything he does, until the day he is captured and tortured as a military officer who in reality is actually no more than a boy.
Returning home he shares his experiences with no one, he no longer talks to anyone, unless in anger feeling no one understands, losing a leg is something you can’t fix he says, he moves away from his hometown feeling ashamed of who he has become in his mind.
He may have served his time proudly without any injuries, he is one battle away from coming home for good, he packed his gear and left for his final day in the field, his packed gear was loaded and shipped home at the end of the week, his body never recovered, a memorial service at the church to remember him does nothing to help his parents and young bride understand.
The majority of his friends made it home just fine, with tales of facing the enemy and defending our homeland with pride, respect for the men and women lost, and the ones recovering from injuries is a respect they will show for the rest of their lives.
Studying Civil War records of my ancestors is the inspiration for these scenarios, scary how many of our family members are going through the same things today, the more things change the more they stay the same.
Say a special prayer for the men and women who are defending our homeland today, pray for their safe return home, they are putting their lives on the line everyday to keep our freedom intact, and while you are at it remember our ancestors who stood up for us in the past, because without them we just may not be here defending the freedom they preserved for us then.