Jim Demint: Recalling those whose service then and now makes us free

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Earlier this month, 100 South Carolinian veterans of World War II came to Washington to see the World War II memorial. This magnificent monument fittingly occupies a central place on the nation's Mall and honors the men and women and their comrades who fought not just for America's freedom but also for the liberation of millions under tyranny. For me, the son of a World War II veteran who passed away last year, it was a highlight to rub shoulders with this band of brothers and thank them for their service.

The years have not dimmed their love of country or their pride in defending it. I saw the same passion, pride and courage among our troops earlier this year in Iraq and Afghanistan — different generations, different wars, but the same tenacious commitment. It was a personal and powerful illustration that freedom really is a sacred gift from one generation to another—one that is awesome in its privileges and its burdens.

Such burdens become even more vivid when the old veterans tell their stories — stories not about themselves but of those who didn't come home....

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