Remembrance Day was serious business in my house when I was a child, a tradition I carried with me into my adult life. My Father served in the British Royal Air Force during WWII. Every Remembrance Day he sat me down and told me stories of his war experiences. When I was very small he always spoke of the countries he had seen, and the people he had met. As I grew older he began to share with me the darker side of war, the casualties he saw, the friends he lost, and the horrors of being in Europe during one of the worst wars the world has ever seen.
I can remember asking him why he went to war. I will never forget his answer. He looked at me very seriously, and said “because it was the right thing to do!”
It was my Father’s belief that if we do not examine the past and remember those that put right the wrongs, we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past continuously. He is gone now, taken from me four years ago by stomach cancer, but still every single November 11th at precisely 11 a.m I observe a minute of silence. In that minute of silence I remember my Father and the lessons he taught me. I remember the friends he lost because they chose to “Do the right thing” and go to war for their country, and I go forward vowing to try to do the right thing. My Father and his lost friends fought for my freedom. I am here today and I have the right to make my own choices because someone died to give me that privilege, the very LEAST I can do is take ONE day out of a year to honor that sacrifice, and every similar sacrifice our troops make to continue to allow us to be free!
Something I saw today on the internet shocked me. A picture is floating around. Supposedly it is a screen shot of something some girl said. Others have claimed she was set up and didn’t say it. Either way it angers me for many reasons.
Firstly, I was shocked that anyone could put these words together and expect not to be taken apart by angry people. Secondly let’s take this apart here:
“f— the people that died ‘serving our’ country’ nobody told them to go to war”
Um…joining the military is ‘serving our country’. When you join the military you learn to take orders, that means you go where they tell you when they tell you and do whatever they tell you to do. That includes being “told” to go to war.
“obviously there was a fifty fifty chance they were going to die, I don’t feel bad”
Yes you idiot, when someone is sent to war for their country there is always a chance that they won’t come home, they know that, and yet they go anyway in the hopes of keeping the peace and protecting the freedom of ungrateful people like you. They are heroes and should be honored for their sacrifice.
“I don’t support war, they got what was coming to them.”
Well all I have to say about that one is, no one SUPPORTS war, wars are fought to try to preserve the greater good. Oh and as for them getting what was coming to them? Well honey, Karma is a woman, she’s a bitch in high heels and she is coming for you!
To those of you reading this who may have served in the military, I thank you! To those who died so our nations could be free I REMEMBER YOUR SACRIFICE and I will NEVER FORGET!
To anyone who does not support our troops I only have this to say…Have YOU met KARMA yet? Let me introduce you…
Peace and Love Everybody!