Lt. Samuel Gilmor: On Oct. 10, 1943, he ordered his crew to bail out of a crashing aircraft but stayed back with four remaining crew members who were too seriously wounded to leave. (Courtesy of Gary T. Staffo)

Whether they’re safe at home, currently serving or long-since buried, troops deserve better from us, and certainly deserve more than one day of recognition.

We know this because of the stories you told us about “your” veterans .

Sarah Lippman sent in a story about brother-in-law Wes Lippman: " I have to imagine he is as strong, proud and heroic today as ever before." (Courtesy of Sarah Lippman)

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You wrote that so many veterans came home and didn’t say much about the experience, summing it up as nothing more than the right thing to do. Here are just a few of the stories you told for them:

Maurice Bernard: “My grandfather isn’t American ... but as far as veterans and dedication to your country goes, I think he has his place here.” (Courtesy of Emilie Bernard)

Wes Lippman. “My brother-in-law joined the Marines in 2004 and was deployed to Al-Asad, Iraq. On Sept. 30, 2006, while on a mission, Wes’ humvee was hit by an IED. The blast threw the vehicle into the air and flipped it over backwards. Wes suffered a broken back, fractured arm, shattered feet & other injuries. Today, his scars are still visible, but he has recovered. Though I did not know Wes on that tragic day, I have to imagine he is as strong, proud & heroic today as ever before.” — Sarah Lippman

Lt Samuel Gilmor. “On 10/10/1943 Lt Samuel Gilmor the Pilot of 4230446 of the 99BG 348BS ordered his crew to Bail Out and stayed with his aircraft and the 4 remaining crew members of his B-17 who were too seriously wounded to bailout. He attempted a crash landing in an olive grove near Panareti, Greece with only one engine running, a fire on the other wing, and continual fighter attack, although wounded himself. He knew no greater love and made the ultimate sacrifice. We honor him and all who served.” — Gary T. Staffo

Orlene Brumble Jones: Many women served in WW2, my mother was in the WAVES. (Courtesy of Phillip Jones)

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