posted on Jun, 7 2017 @ 08:38 PM
Y'know, I'm sitting here thinking about this, and I came to a realization that I'm old enough to have been the majority of those boys (men by any
other measure other than age...) father, even grandfather...
I'm 53 years old, and at the moment, feeling every bit of those years...
That's a revelation that I'm just not quite sure what to think. I think of my nieces, and nephews, all of whom would have been of around those ages,
and sending them off to a war not knowing if I'd ever see them again, this side of Heaven...
Imagine, the only source of news parents, wives, siblings, and children was sitting around the radio. Letters could be months in making the trip
home. Or the knock on the door with a telegram from the War Dept.
I sent my youngest brother off to war, two tours in Iraq...and I distinctly remember when I watched the news and reports came in from areas he was
in...watching for a familiar face, to know that he was, at least for the moment, safe and sound. ...and I had access to forms of information that
were barely dreamed of, much less a reality... How much worse for my Mom who watched all three of her brothers go off to war? Never knowing. Always
dreading that knock... My grandmother? Two of her boys, my Dad was one (though he went to the Pacific, not Europe...not 'til much later anyway.),
went off to war as well.
Those soldiers were without a doubt a brave, brave lot--my respect is boundless. But so too is my respect for what the folks at home did, never
knowing if their boy came through OK.
Spare a moment for the fighters in the Resistance, too. How much courage would it take to defy the Gestapo, knowing capture would result in a
prolonged death in their loving embrace, or an even longer death at a camp?
I think about this, and I'm in awe. So many men and women, whether volunteer or draftee, American, British, Canadian, French, and dozens of others,
all standing to against an evil the likes of which few of us can even begin to fathom.
My deepest, most humble respect to those brave ones who've gone before, and those who are still with us.