When my mother was young, she remembered reading the obituaries of ancient veterans who had fought in the Civil War. Thankfully, succeeding American families have never seen the horrors of an internal war. Years from now, in distant Syria, surviving veterans of a different war will recall with pain and sadness what they lost to gain their inalienable rights.
They will remember the urban combat that evolved at frightening speed. They will remember the executions and mass graves spurred by vengeful, devilish leaders. They will remember the defiance of ordinary citizens against rolling tanks and screeching warplanes. They will remember the exodus of families and friends from Syrian homes into neighboring Turkey.
In the United States, Veterans Day is held to honor the sacrifice of our soldiers. Perhaps some of our thoughts should go to the freedom fighters who want an end to the dictatorship that has cost them so dearly.