I have had a family member who fought in every war since the American Revolution. My father (who fought in WW 11) gave me a deep respect for those who serve our country and those who fought for it. I am very grateful to those people for the freedom I enjoy.
My mothers family came to the US from Northumberland, England. In 1600's. I now own the very same farm they got through a land grant in 1630. That is a very long time for one family to own the same property in the US. My great-grandfather returned from the American Civil War to the farm in 1865. He had fought in 27 battles. He hid woods until dark because he returned without his pants. I have no idea what happened to them. That explanation isn't in my great-grandmothers diary. LOL