My grandfather fought in WWII, fighting against authoritarianism and genocide, to protect the freedom we enjoy today. I’m forever grateful. His unit was one of the first Allied units to enter and liberate Auschwitz. I could never get him to talk much about it. All he’d say was the horrors he witnessed were beyond words.
His generation made a huge sacrifice for us. He only enlisted because he got drafted. He didn’t volunteer. The government forced him to give up his freedom for more than 3 years, to protect our freedom today.
Freedom is not an absolute value. I try to remember that sometimes I have to sacrifice my short term comfort for the bigger picture and the greater good. Happy 4th!!!!