Going Back – Just To September 1939 – Virtually . . . The Entire World Was At War.
My Dad Signed-Up To Fight The Nazis in 1939. His Brothers – (My Uncles) Also Signed-Up To Fight The Nazis . . . And so Did MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS of Other Fathers, Uncles, Brothers, Cousins, Relatives, Friends, Neighbors & People no one who Went Overseas to Fight the Nazis Knew, or would ever Know.
MILLIONS of People from Every Walk of Life, Including Men, Women & Boys over the Age of 18-Years, left their Jobs, Schooling and Comfort to Face a Global Enemy, Because It Was The Right & Brave Thing To Do.
MILLIONS OF CITIZEN-SOLDIERS STORMED THE BEACHES:
I’m Going to Juxtapose the Lives of Millions of North Americans through the Eyes & Memory of my Father. When my Dad Stormed-Off the Landing-Craft at Sicily, Months before the D-Day Invasion . . . He had no Idea if he would even Reach the Shore before being Cut-Down by Enemy Gunfire, Drowned in the Ocean Waters Laden-Down by his Backpack, Rifle & Ammunition, only to be Shot on Shore . . . But He Did It Anyway.
BETWEEN CANADA & THE USA . . . 17-MILLION CITIZEN SOLDIERS SERVED:
Over 150,000 Allied Soldiers Stormed The Beaches At Normandy . . . Knowing they Might be Killed at Sea, before even Storming the Beaches. Hundreds of Thousands of Americans Along with their Allies Fought by Land, Sea & Air in the Asia/Pacific War Against Japan.
THEIR ONLY GOAL WAS VICTORY:
Here’s The Rub . . . None of Those Brave Men, Women & Youngsters who Went Overseas to Fight – Knew if they would Survive. My Dad was Wounded at Monte Casino. And while Fighting his way Through Italy towards the Netherlands, France, Belgium & Germany . . . He Suffered from Malaria – But He . . . Like Millions Of Other Citizen Soldiers Fighting Worldwide – Fought-On Nonetheless, Never Knowing when they Might be Killed, Wounded or Crippled For Life – But They Fought-On.
OURS IS NOT TO REASON WHY . . . OURS IS BUT TO DO & DIE:
TENS OF MILLIONS . . . Allied Soldiers Lost their Lives Fighting the Nazis. There were No Safe Spaces . . . and There Were No Conscientious Objectors on the Battlefield.
ON OCTOBER 25, 1854 – DURING THE CRIMEAN WAR . . .
A Blunder Of Orders Commanded Slightly More Than 600-British Cavalry Soldiers, Armed Only With Lances, Light Guns & Sabers . . . To Assault The Russian High Ground In Balaclava, Across An Expanse Of Open Fields, Where The High Ground Was Defended By Rows Of Russian Cannon.
Half A League, Half A League, Half A League Onward,
All In The Valley Of Death Rode The Six Hundred.
“Forward, The Light Brigade! Charge For The Guns!” He Said.
Into The Valley Of Death Rode The Six Hundred.
IT WAS A SLAUGHTER . . . The British Were Cut-Down from the Get-Go – But the Charge Never Relented, because it was their Duty to Fight a War, even though they Didn’t Understand the Tactics, and had No Idea that this Would be One of the Greatest Military Disasters of all Time.
But Even Though The Light Brigade Was Destroyed – Their Legend Will Never Die, Because Their “Victory” Was Sacrifice Through Ultimate Courage.
TAKE ALL THE PRECEDING AS A MESSAGE:
Americans, Canadians, Brits, Aussies & Other Assorted Allies have for Centuries Faced the most Implacable Foes During many Regional Wars, Two World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Communism, Islamism & Whatever Else Faced-Us . . . We Never Shied Away From Doing What Must Be Done.
AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR ALL OF US TO SOLDIER-UP:
My Understanding is that Most North Americans “Could” get the Coronavirus. Of those Infected, Most will Hardly be Incapacitated. Many of us won’t even Know we have it. Some of us will get Pretty Sick. And Fewer than 2%, much of whom will be the Most Auto-Immune Compromised Amongst us Will Die.
No One Is Asking Us To Storm The Beaches . . . Or Charge The High Ground. We Don’t have to Swim for Shore Laden Down with Supplies, Duck Bullets, And Pray just to Live Another Day Thousands of Miles from Home.
So Let’s Do Our Best . . . to Take Care of the Most Vulnerable within our Societies (Canada and the USA), And Let The Rest Of Us Get Back To Work – NOW!
If We Let Our Industries Die . . . There Will Be No Salvation – We Will Have Crossed The Rubicon.
As Soon As My Quarantine Period Comes To An End . . . I will Do Whatever I Can to Get Into the Fight, No Matter how Important or how Trivial. As President Trump Says . . . “We’re At War”.
And I’ll Be Damned If I’m Going To Go Down Without A Fight.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov
The problem here Howard is that governments have taken control and the only way to do what you say must be done, there must be a revolution, arrest all and I mean all politicians and top bureaucrats and throw them in jail for trying to implement 1 world government and a dystopian society. After that’s been done, put people in charge that know what to do. Around the world, an edict must be created for people to stop eating bats because from SARS to coronavirus all these diseases come from bats.
Trump suggested a return-to-work by Easter. The media and the Dems savaged him for this. They are prepared to cripple the economy to contain the virus. This would be social and economic suicide, the cure being far worse than the contagion. The most vulnerable are the aged with underlying health issues. They can be cared for while the able-bodied go to work observing sensible precautions. The left want the economy to crash so they can hang it on Trump in an election year. The Dems are shameless.
Great piece, well written with appropriate imagery! Thank you and glad you and Ann had a great albeit abbreviated vacation.
Great editorial once again Howard. So glad you and the family made it home safe and sound albeit shorten. I’m afraid Trudeau would like to shut down the whole country which is totally stupid but Trudeau wants the CONTROL of the Provinces! If the Conservatives don’t get a good leader chosen we will end up with Trudeau for a long time One World Gov’t comes to mind! Our children and their children’s children will be paying for this gross over spending of Trudeau’s and the LIB’s. We pray for Trump!!
THIS IS THE LEFT’S OPPORTUNITY TO SHINE free money for all , close down the country , destroy the economy and build complete reliance on governments AND we want and love it (apparently). Unfortunately , at least in Canada, this will not Only Work we will praise our leaders for doing it. And AS I have previously said , this pandemic was predictable and Gov’s avoided planning for it in favor of Feel Good Crap for the Low Intelligence voters.
Soldier up? That will be the day. During the Second World War Canadian fought for God and Country. They fought for the motherland, Great Britain. With multiculturalism, many new Canadians have more allegiance to their ancestral homeland than they do to Canada and surely have no ties with Great Britain. We can’t see today’s enemy so we really don’t know how to fight it. We are told what to do but unless everyone does it our actions will make no difference.
All I can say to this is, they are not like the men and women before this war. But hopefully they will have to learn like they did long ago. This has me in tears Howard sorry about your dad. Hope he got home safely. It is a war we cannot see but it can see us and touch all of us if it has a chance to. But we are all proud people and in the long run I believe God our Father in heaven made us all to be brave people. Take care be strong, you and Anne be well . Blessings to you always.
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