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 Posted: Wed Feb 23rd, 2011 02:12 pm
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As long as I can remember I've heard civil war buffs describe their interest in the war stemming from "honoring" ones ancestors. In fact, many become quite vehement when discussing the topic. I've become curious about this in recent years. My ancestors are "recent imports" you might say... they all came from Europe in the early to mid 20th century, so perhaps I just don't understand. But what does honoring an ancestor mean exactly? I had direct ancestors fighting in both the American and German armies during WWII (in fact part of my family came to the US in a German POW camp). I abhor the cause for which the German ancestor fought and am proud of the cause for which the American fought, but both men were simply human and influenced by the times and places in which they lived. I harbor no particular shame because I had a great uncle fighting for a greater racially pure Germany and no pride because I had a grandfather fighting for democracy. Can anyone enlighten me?


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