Two weeks ago, I stumbled upon this monument within the sprawling labyrinth of winding alleys and pastel-colored graves in the general cemetery of Quetzaltenango. When I rediscovered the photo again an hour ago in the wee hours of July 4th, I was taken aback by the patriotism behind its words.

But these are the words of Guatemalans, not Americans. Memorialized in Xela, not Arlington.

Quick research revealed that the epitaph remembers those who fought in an 1898 revolution against the forces of General José María Reina Barrios, who had dissolved congress with the tyrannical intention of remaining in power beyond the mandate granted by the 1892 presidential elections. They died for the democratic ideal.

The inscription holds poignant significance  for both a country still healing from a 30 year civil conflict and a misplaced Yankee missing fireworks back home.