-They would certainly have the right to expect that we wouldn't just suck up all the benefits from living in America without being willing to offer her something in return.
-That the same flag that draped their coffins wouldn't be trampled, burned, or disrespected and that we certainly wouldn't idolize or support celebrities who do so.
-That their nation would make it a priority to teach generations to come about history and their contributions and never try to alter it, edit it, or skim over it.
-That we would be proud of the nation built on the foundation of their sacrifice and not apologize for it or be made to feel ashamed for being blessed to be a part of it.
-That the generations who enjoy the benefits of their labors would be reverent and respectful of what they've done......never imagining that memorials set up in their memory would be desecrated by the beneficiaries of their sacrifice.
-That Americans and especially students at our finest universities would know as much about the wars that they fought in as they do about the Kardashians or American Idol.
-That we'd never cheapen the label, hero, or lower the standards for what we view as heroic.
I would say of that young soldier nearing the beaches of Normandy with bodies floating all around him......I imagine he knew his odds weren't that great. But, he stepped off that boat and waded to shore anyway.
And when he did, he had every right to expect certain things of us........those who would come along behind him.
God, help us live up to their expectations.