Memorial Day Appreciation

Posted on May 27, 2013. Filed under: Philosophy | Tags: , , , , , |

Plants - Fernleaf PeonyYesterday in church I heard an amazing story of the WWII Exercise Tiger.  Our speaker lost a great uncle in this little-known event of the war.  It was a complete training exercise at Slapton Sands in England to replicate the D-Day invasion.  It was to prepare our troops, but it went very wrong with miscommunications and actual attacks by Germans resulting in 946 lost lives.  Then it was hushed up to keep the real purpose and plan a secret from the enemy.

Our speaker yesterday had traveled to England recently for a memorial complete with 2 survivors of the incident who spoke about their experience.  School children came and asked questions and the men explained the terror of that day.

Today I am appreciative of the sacrifice made on my behalf so many times by so many Americans.  Even this story brings me up short.  Exercise Tiger resulted in the end of 946 young men’s lives and was almost forgotten, but the military learned much from the exercise.  Maybe they learned enough to make the D-day invasion successful.  We can never know all the interplay of events that has brought our great nation to this point in history.  Sitting in church yesterday, enjoying complete freedom to worship as I choose, I am struck.  I drive around wherever I want to go.  I wear clothing of my choosing.  I speak my mind.  Most days I just enjoy these freedoms without regard for the great gift those warriors have given me.  Memorial day is a good day to pause and think about it.  These freedoms were not free.

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