posted on Nov, 11 2009 @ 06:08 PM
reply to post by Ulala
I agree with you Ulala. I'm no hero. I killed people that were enemies of my country, and I was s***-scared most of the time. I remember once
-- and this still haunts me sometimes -- trying to hold pieces of my friend's brains in his ruined head. It was a foolish thing to do. It was the
only thing to do.
You go ahead, speak your piece. I and many of us will listen. I don't compare myself to heroes past nor present. There were soldiers whose
epics are larger-than-life and individuals whose lives made a true and historic difference -- people that we remember and books are written about;
these are the titans of history and they share things in common that few that haven't been in combat understand: There is a gift that is given by
each and every enlisted person, and it is the gift of sacrifice. They are willing to die for the benefit of the many of their countrymen.
You have the hallowed priviledge to rant about whatever you wish, unlike many countries. You can freely challenge your government, you can
characterize me as a delusioned killer, if that makes you happy. There were those whose memories you besmirch by choosing this, of all days, to rant
about it. Whereever in "Northern Europe" you are, guess what...... there are men and women who have died for your priviledges, your country's
Perhaps it would do you a personal benefit to contemplate what you have given up or sacrificed for your country. Who knows? Perhaps you'll
discover something heroic within yourself, something honorable, something worthy of common courtesy and respect that you seem to want to deny others
who have earned it.
I am not one of them. I am no hero.
reply to post by OzWeatherman
Yes. It was Rememberance Day as well in the Cayman Islands. We have a doubleday, as many were both Seamen and Veterans. During WW II, the Cayman
Islands had one of the most -- per capita -- enlisted... many of them Merchant Marines.
It was a celebration here, not a somber event. A celebration of respect and thanks for a selfless job done well.