Remembrance...

I've been reading a lot of posts about today being the 62nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor....a lot of blogs have taken the time to pause to remember the significance of that attack, and it's implications to us today...when I think of that day, one word sticks in my mind....a simple, powerful word....Resolve....

It is easy, somehow, for us to sit here today and watch The Halls of Montezuma, and cheer when Richard Widmark wins the day...the war is over....we won..it is all down in the history books....but, what we often fail to remember is that...in that day, nothing was certain...were we going to win?...where was the next attack coming from?....

I recall walking down the sidewalk of a small Scottish village once....and I noticed something strange on the small stone walls that ran between the old Victorian houses and the road...there was a row of rusty stubs about 6 inches apart that ran down the center of the stone wall....I asked a passer-by what they were....and what he said was incredible....he told me that all of those houses once had cast iron fences running along the road...but, during the war, the Ministry of Defense came and cut down the fences so that they could use the iron to build tanks....now, this was just one TINY contribution that a TINY village made...a couple of streets over, and you could see the WWI and WWII memorials of the dead JUST from that small place....

RESOLVE was a word that they knew...RESOLVE was a word that WE knew....and let us hope that we NEVER forget how to steel ourselves against the evil that we MUST destroy...

by Eric on December 07, 2003 | Comments(3) | Military Stuff

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That's a good story, Red.
Back in the day the brits handed in alot of belongings to further the cause.

Thanks for posting about that.

posted by: siso on December 7, 2003 07:11 PM

My old granny who lived in Inverness, Scotland, gave up her only 2 aluminium pots to help build a Spitfire fighter.

All her life, she referred to aluminium pans as "spitties"

It was a different world, and we owe them dearly.

posted by: BlueyM on December 9, 2003 07:54 AM

Thanks Siso and Bluey...we have no idea how much our ancestors sacraficed to our way of life..thanks...

posted by: Eric on December 9, 2003 07:29 PM