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    Your pain is in my DNA,
    Father,
    As real as the shrapnel
    Still in your legs
    Decades later

    A Legacy Deferred

    Note: I have not used any real names in this article. However, the people, places, and events described are real (to the best of my recollection).

    Most people spend their lives actively seeking to create their legacy. For most people it is by having children, being good parents, and then good grandparents. For others it is the accumulation of wealth. Inventors have left indelible marks on our history and culture as well. Politicians and generals guide nations through both war and peace. For my childless, staff-grade officer Uncle “Michael”, though, there seemed to be no legacy after his senseless death in Iraq in 2003. Until now.