It was about her grandfather, a WWII veteran who fought in Europe. He passed away in 2010.
The granddaughter (our teacher) and her mother (the daughter of our teacher’s grandfather) believed they knew about every medal he had been awarded for his military service.
So they believed …
Recently, the teacher’s mother was rummaging through some of her father’s belongings and found a Croix de Guerre – a French military decoration awarded to individuals or units who “distinguish themselves by acts of heroism involving combat with the enemy.”
An unknown medal is a reminder of these truths: Heroism is not dependent on notoriety; An act of bravery has a life independent of acknowledgment.