Bless 'em all

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    When will politicians ever learn. Saturday was the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy. Much of the news coverage on this day was devoted to the political manoeuvrings of politicians who seemed more interested in soundbites and photocalls, when it should have been single-mindedly about the men, who on that day changed the course of history. It was a day to honour the fallen of our countries and to thank the remaining few who wear their medals in tribute to the comrades who never lived to receive theirs. It was a day to shed a tear for those courageous young men of the USA, Britain and Canada.

    There has been much news coverage of the event over the past two days – too much of it about the politicians - but for me, there is one picture that is worth a thousand words and says it all:


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    We cannot repay the debt we owe to the fallen and these last remaining heroes now in their eighties, but if you should ever come across one of these ageing heroes, please, shake him by the hand – hug him even – and thank him for what he did for us.

    For men like this, the longest day has never ended.
    Bless ‘em all.
     
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    My father lied about his age to get into the military and joined the Navy back during WWII. He was there on D-Day at Normandy. Pretty brutal thing for a 16 year old to experience. He never would talk about it very much just to say it was a difficult day.
     
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    Is he still alive BBD? If so, tell him this Royal Marine says thank you for what he did on that day.
     
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    Well. Have you done it yet?

    Have you stopped to thank a veteran today?
    For the price of freedom they had to pay?
    Did you gaze into those distant eyes?
    Did you see the ghosts he can't deny?

    Did you think a soldier's heart was made of steel?
    Because he was trained to kill, he couldn't feel?
    Did you see the guilt written on his face,
    For the loss of life he can't replace?

    Did you know he mourns the lives he couldn't save,
    And walks with comrades in their grave?
    Did you remember the boy with innocence lost?
    Do you really know war's ultimate cost?

    Have you felt the blast of artillery fire?
    Do you have the courage it would require?
    Have you stood in trenches consumed with fear?
    Felt the enemies breath so very near?

    Have you walked with God on a battleground?
    Seen your brothers dead or dying all around?
    Have you stopped to thank a vet today,
    Or did you just turn and walk away?

    From the pain he'll carry for the rest of his life,
    Did you consider his family, his children, his wife?
    That watch him suffer in silence each and every day,
    As he's haunted by memories that don't go away?

    Did you care that the soldier is still pulling guard?
    That his heart, mind, and soul will forever be scarred?
    Do you know how he suffers from ptsd?
    Or that our precious freedom is never free?

    Do you care that he still hears the blood curdling screams?
    Or that he returns to the war each night in his dreams?
    Have you felt the sorrow of a combat vet?
    Or would you rather just forget?

    That war has pierced his hardened heart,
    And torn this soldier all apart?
    Would you rather our heroes just fade away?
    Or will you stop to thank a vet today?
     
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    Great post Bootneck...great post!!!!
     
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    bump
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    Liked the poem
     
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