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Happy to listen to our shared history

Most of us have an Eddie Aho in our family. He works hard, he takes care of business, and he has a past rich in stories and filled with meaning.

And even though he proudly dons his uniform for Memorial Day gatherings, he doesn’t wear his experiences as a badge. To truly understand what he’s seen and what he’s lived, you just have to ask.

Ledger-Transcript Reporter Ashley Saari turned to her great-uncle, Eddie Aho, 91, of New Ipswich to tell the story of a man who has marched in the town’s parade for the past 68 years. He’s someone who’s always been in her life, yet she wanted to know more about his past, and by extension, her family history.

Perhaps that’s something we should all do in the days and weeks ahead. This Memorial Day season started last weekend in New Ipswich, and it will wind down in Temple on June 2. During the parades and ceremonies, we’ll honor those who have been killed while fighting for our country. Theirs is a sacrifice always worth remembering. There are stories to be told from those who came back, as well, and it’s really up to us to ask and to listen. Where did they serve? What was it like? What did they take away?

World War II officially ended nearly seven decades ago, so those who fought on its famed battlefields are becoming a more valued treasure as the years go on.

In gathering their stories, and passing them down to the generations to come, we carry on the sacrifices all our veterans made, especially those not fortunate enough to tell their story.

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