I spent the morning exploring unmarked and, without some guide
as to what transpired there, apparently unremarkable sites of
American heroism, separated by a largely stalemated few months, at
Monte Artemisio and Isola Bella. This was followed by the
Commonwealth War Cemetery at Anzio and the American
Military Cemetery Sicily-Rome at Nettuno.
I could not help but hold in my heart our recently fallen
heroes, their comrades and their families. Before becoming the
father of two boys I had been to Normandy’s resting place several
times, then others at Luxembourg, Cassino and elsewhere, always
deeply moving. Today, seeing the facade’s image of a
fallen, broken young man was just more than I could handle
gracefully (fourth photo on the home page; I don’t know Mac enough
to know how to ‘right click’ for properties).
I don’t know how to sufficiently honor the sacrifices of our
troops and their families. But it doesn’t hurt to keep trying,
especially when we are reminded of their courage, and loss.
About the Author
Chris Horner is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
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