“I always knew he’d been a hero in the war. That he had medals and all. And I’d wondered why he didn’t put them up in a display case, show them off for all the world to see.
But I was a little wiser, now.
Medals aren’t so simple for the people who earn them. Every time Grandpa G had looked at those medals he’d thought about the things that had happened, the things he’d seen others do, the things he’d done himself.
I know he was proud of being brave, proud of doing his best for his country. But I also know why the medals were in a pouch, in a footlocker, in an attic, kept far out of sight.
Someday maybe there’ll be medals for those who fought the war against the Yeerks.
I’ll need to buy a footlocker.”
- Jake, Book #31: The Conspiracy, pg. 138 (by K.A. Applegate)