Sunday, May 08, 2005

Victory!

Today is V-E Day! I want to take a moment to thank anybody from those crazed and tragic years who is still around today. After years of bloodshed and effort World War 2 had come to a halt in Europe. As a direct descendant of a man form England who was born a mere year and a half after the war I am grateful for all that was lost and given upon the battlefields in those horrific times.

Take a moment to realize how proud and excited people must have been in those days. One thing that gets me in all the photos of the time is that they show all the happy faces and excitement at the end of the war. They can't show the concern that must have tempered these celebrations. Families, wives and children all wondering if their loved one was returning home soon. Some dreading the possibility that even though it was finally over, their loved one may have fallen in the final combats of the war. I was watching the news and they were interviewing local veterans and one man's story shook me deeply. He was in charge of a small troop of soldiers and on one particular day one of the corporals asked to walk up front with him since he was proud to serve with this man. As a thanks for this gesture he took a bullet right between the eyes. This man was still wracked with guilt at the fact that he should have taken that bullet on any other day, tears streamed down his weathered face as he recounted the tale.

We can't give our support like in the photos of the past,. War bonds are long gone. But try to join with others and make sure that the memory of these brave soldiers and others on the homefront are remembered. Seek out a veteran and thank them for their sacrifice. Know that they live with these memories all through their lives and events like this can bring up the deep past. When this anniversary date reaches the hundredth year these proud and brave folks will all be gone from this mortal world we cling to. Who will make sure their work and the horrors of the past are not forgotten. Will this terrible event of our past simply become another entry in the history books. Like the crusades and like Napoleon's conquests, will this great massacre simply be something we study and put aside?

For the sake of our race and our planet I hope not.

Lest we forget

4 Comments:

Blogger dan said...

Here's to VE day Pete.

4:21:00 AM  
Blogger blue2go said...

That was very inspiring, and a good read, too!

11:10:00 AM  
Blogger JODSTER said...

Wonderfully put.

10:33:00 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

In elementary school they taught us about the world wars like they were to be the last of their kind. We'd never again need to send soldiers to fight and die the way we had for WW 1 and WW 2. We would always remember and be grateful.

Well, Dubya, Bin Laden, and other pro-violent solution types seem to have different ideas. The generation that fought and died for our freedom hasn't even passed on and already some have FORGOTTEN. It's a crying shame.

3:18:00 PM  

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