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When the American Revolution had been won and the veterans of the world’s first army of free men returned to their families, there were no parades welcoming them home on Main Street. No speeches from courthouse steps praising their bravery or thanking them for their sacrifices.

A quarter of a million American men fought against the world’s greatest army to gain our freedom for little material gain. Lowly privates were paid $6 a month, equal to $160 in today’s dollars. That was considered a lot of money in those days except that the Continental dollar was practically worthless. These men weren’t in it for the money or fame. Only generals and leading officers became famous and honored as heroes.