My ancestor James Disbrow was born in New England in 1583. There is no clear record of who his parents were or how they came to the colonies. I only know that they were British.

In the years since James birth my family has served during every major war. Sometimes several generations wearing the uniform at the same time. They knew the tyranny that could befall this country and the fought for freedom. Freedom not just for themselves, but for their children and future generations.

Memorial Day is always a cause to reflect on the history of my family. A day to remember those who fought in the revolution to free us from the tyranny of the British Empire, those who taught to reunite a divided nation in the Civil War, those who fought liberate Europe from Hitler, and to ensure Tojo’s fleet never again reached American shores.

Had my ancestors and their brothers in arms never answered the call to duty it would be a very different world today. In The Life of Reason, George Santayana wrote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It is with this in mind that I remember those who fought and gave their lives to defend the freedoms our constitution guaranties.