If there is one sound that resonates through the history of man, it is the beating of a war drum. War is how we divide, define and defend ourselves for money, religion, power and, most honorably, self-preservation. War, like the rest of life, is never fair. At the tip of the spear is the soldier.
The soldier will endure pain and horror, and see acts of courage and compassion that will shape their minds and lives in ways unsuited to what we would regard as normal…..and those are the lucky ones.
The not so lucky will return in the prime of their lives maimed mentally and physically….and many will never return.
They could be a classmate, a neighbor, a friend or family member not much different from each us, but for their service and sacrifice.