Tyrone Muse: A Face Behind Veterans Day

Tyrone Muse: A Face Behind Veterans Day

Olivia Muse, Editor In Chief

Growing up, Veterans Day was simply a day off of school to sit back and relax. Eventually, I realized the meaning behind November 11th. Tyrone Muse I, my grandfather, served two tours during the Vietnam War. When I was thirteen, I interviewed him for an English presentation on the sixties. Four years later, and his words still play in my head. After asking him if there were any positive memories amongst the years of trauma, he replied, “R&R.” Only then, I understood the severity of what soldiers endure. For some reason, I believed there must be at least one slightly optimistic memory throughout his service. His closest friends and brothers came from his time overseas, and his relationship with my grandmother bloomed over letters. However, it genuinely pained him to put himself back into the war. Rest and recovery was the only highlight of his time there. Now, my grandfather remains proud of his work, but the PTSD left with him is a hefty exchange. Although Veterans Day passed, and the climate of the United States remains tense, I recommend acknowledging people like my grandfather, for his pain is often overlooked by the prestige of what he’s accomplished.