The words of America’s national anthem have given soldiers the will to fight.
In one room, soldiers from 1914 all the way to 2007 could tell you that.
Laporte County veterans gathered to receive a medal of honor from their community.
It was inspired by the medals given to soldiers returning from WWI.
As our troops are called once again to duty, so are the metals of recognition. "It's good to see they're here. Oh yeah, nothing like it," says Douglas Snyder.
Sgt. Jim Swanson remarks, "To be linked with people that have actually paved the way for this country as far back as World War II, or even World War I, it's truly an honor."
John Foss is a Korean War veteran. He was at the ceremony alongside his brother-in-law, wife, and son. "We've been involved in everyone of them, coming right down the line."
Each family member served the country during a different critical time in its history.
Steven Foss served in Iraq. "It's not an individual pride. It's a collective pride because it's an continuing tradition in the family to serve the country," he says.
"We're awfully proud of Steve here," John Wiora expresses his gratitude, and now he has a unique bond with his family. "Its hard to describe. It really is."
It is a bond only soldiers can feel.
Part of that bond is now tucked away in a little blue box.