Christmas and its traditions, its meaning – how we honor the “Prince of Peace” and how we honor mankind – is unique to each of us. The below are excerpts from an extensive conversation (though my comments were not necessary to include) with @ Flippinth3raya.
WW2 vets impressed upon me the privilege of “fighting the system” came with responsibility 2 step up when/how my turn came. My Christmas day of keeping my long ago oath to a vet to “NeverForget Bloody Ortona” and what happened there – I am drained. Over the last 48 hrs I have tweeted about, and have contemplated battles that involved about 500,000 deaths. If the world will let me, I’m taking Boxing Day to rest.
“Rest in Peace” all one thousand, nine hundred and thirty KMS Scharnhorst crew who died the day after Christmas, 71 Boxing Days ago.
…so many memories, such “deep” & profound” issues that speak to the heart of “the purpose of life” is to matter, to have it made a difference we lived at all.
Long, long ago, even as a boy, I had become aware that my fascination with warships came with a certain responsibility to respect the men who died with them, that they had crews, were not just big piles of steel. Scharnhorst & Gniesenau always were my favorite “gun ships” ever – beautiful ships.
KMS Scharnhorst’s crew, and the manner they died, has become symbolic, to me, for all the fallen foes of that war, SO MANY of whom had no quarrel with us or anyone, but were swept up in events they had no control over. They did their “duty”, with distinction. They deserve respect & remembrance as well. KMS Scharnhorst’s crew did very much “sacrifice that others might live.”
Christmas 1914, Gallipoli, Battle of the Atlantic, reminds me that Canada fought both World wars for almost twice as many years as the USA did.
Queen Elizabeth – Her annual Christmas address that only she writes mentioned Christmas 1914. “In 1914 many people thought the war would be over by Christmas. But sadly by then the trenches were dug, and the future shape of the war in Europe were set. But as we know, something remarkable did happen that Christmas…”
Never Forget the horrors that came with Christmas 1914, 1915, 1916 1917.
Queen Elizabeth II – “Peace and good will have lasting power in the hearts of men and women.”