This weekend, I will reflect on those that sacrificed, and those that still sacrifice, so that I can have the freedom to do something as trivial as post my opinions on a MB.
A few years ago, I decided to go to Normandy for the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. I expected it to be a typical "touristy" site.
It was a sunny and warm day, unlike the cold and overcast day of the actual invasion.
My wife and I walked through the entrance to the cemetary where the white, perfectly aligned, and marked gravesites stretched in every direction. The sheer number was breathtaking. The now tranquile scene and silence masked the fear, terror, horror and carnage that had occurred during the invasion. As we approached the markers, we could see the names, faith, rank, branch of service, hometown, and their age etched into the gave markers. It was humbling. These were kids.... 16, 17, 18, 19 years old. These had been the children of parents somewhere. The awareness that they gave their young lives so I could freely visit this place, crushed me. Kids like these from every country in Europe, Asia, and North America had made this sacrifice so that others could live free. That's you and me! We pursue our beliefs, dreams, faith, and we have families, none of which they will ever have.
We sit at our computers on a MB and debate the merits of why "I'm right and you're wrong", some getting incensed, some needling others, some tongue-in-check, and some a little too serious. We debate and defend all aspects and viewpoints of the world and our lives. We have the right and freedom to do this. They died for that right. Exercise it wisely and with respect.
I not an emotional guy.
I can count on one hand the number of times I've wept.
If you ever have the opportunity, I recommend a vist to the fields of fallen soldiers at Normandy.
When I went, I didn't take a handkerchief. I should have.
See you Tuesday.
Yes I have been there as well and to many other places in Europe, every grave site to the smallest municiple one has servicemen lined up to be honored. Mostly Canadian and US here in Holland
incredible the loss , the sacrifice, but it was a battle both sides armed to the teeth, there was honor in that.
Within on hour of my current home I can mention atleast 4 major cities bombed, whole city centres gone, levelled.
The unsong victims of WWII are those without guns and graves
within a 2 hours drive and within a 4 hours drive I can find atleast 10 concentration camps with more then 8 Million victims
within a 3 hours drive I can find Siemens, Krupp, BASF, Bayer, Thijssen, BMW, Mercedes, Maybach, etc all had factories next to the mentioned concentration Camps and employed the prisoners
Immediately after takeoff on a clear day I can see atleast 4 airfields , Military all capable of laying down so much harm that makes Normandy look like a small scale encounter.
When I visit Normandy I do so with a bit of shame, I wonder what these incredible men would think of our generation?
The War to end all wars
What an excellent post, with people like you standing still and looking around, I guess there still is hope. Because for some reason we have not yet learned what Normandy was all about.
Thank you for reminding me. I'm Dutch and grateful for the life given to me through sacrfice of these Kids/Men, God bless them
so important to reflect on all those who have sacrificed so we can enjoy all we have Gander...For those making sly comments to what you mention, I suspect there's a special place somewhere below being reserved for their departure from this earth..karma for the longer term in my view and well deserved..
Thank you Gander, those who actually followed in these historical footsteps, will shed tears of sadness and hope for a more humane future.
It looks like the American Civil War, also, will be over soon...
Gander, a well thought out and touching write up of your experience at Normandy. Thank you, it helps to put our own lives in perspective and to realize that some of our own problems are truly petty by comparison to those who sacrificed so much on our behalf.
Incredible that some lousy pos feels the need to one star ANY reply on this thread honoring the greatest sacrifice a human can make. Tells you that they truly are scum of the earth. Ebster, very true. All of our fallen heroes deserve our respect this weekend and every day.