They fought when they didn’t have to fight, fought when it brought no public glory in their home town…

They fought when they didn’t have to fight, fought when it brought no public glory in their home towns, fought to put a lie to the cynicism that keeps people in darkness. They won’t go away. The example of their sacrifice stands up in history for those of us not yet born when they shipped out for a Republic that was mostly a belief in what people could be, in how they could live together. And in a world run by cynics, in a time when caring about someone you’ve never met is seen as weakness or treachery, how much strength have we taken from the thought of them, how much pride and comfort to be able to say, ‘But what about the guys in the Lincoln Brigade?’

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