The Midnight Boys podcast raised a good point that makes the speeches and decisions in this show hit so much harder.
We’ve never heard the names of Cassian Andor, Kino Loy, Luthen Rael, etc. before.
These were rebels who knew they would never get a medal ceremony on Yavin, or even get to go to the Ewok party as Force ghosts.
When Luthen says “I burn my life to make a sunrise I know I’ll never see.”, you know that is real. We (the viewers) know that he’s right.