IN THE NEWS
A colleague showed me the World War II memorial's online database of veterans. I immediately looked up John Covington, the husband of one of my high school English teachers. He was a tank commander at D-Day, after which he faced the hard fight through bocage country. Like many veterans, he did not talk about his war experience until many years later--in Covington's case, when he related them to a goofy teenager (me) doing a history class project. It was an honor I still feel that I did not deserve.
I encourage you to look up a relative or acquaintance in the database. It's quite an experience.