Stashed away at San Antonio’s Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery lies the graves of some 140 Axis Prisoners of War. Entombed here are soldiers who died for Germany, Italy, and Japan while in American captivity during the Second World War. Two of the German soldiers here received high honors, and so, swastikas in iron crosses emblazon their tombstones. These markers bear the words: “He [who lies here] died far from his home for the Führer, people, and fatherland.” May we too remember these men on this Veterans Day.
Politics behind a war should not reflect on the soldiers fighting it. Soldiers are merely the pawns fighting battles for corporate and government interests beyond anyone’s comprehension. The aforementioned men were just as brave and courageous as their American counterparts. They simply had the misfortune of losing the war. Veterans Day is as much about them as any.