We remember those who sacrificed their lives to give us freedom today.
Pvte Arthur Thomas Lloyd, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, my Grandmother's brother.
Killed in action in the field, France, 1st September 1916, aged 20.
I am thankful that my Grandfather returned, likewise my 2 Uncles from WW2 and my own father from Korea.
War takes much but also gives much.
We were given the precious gift of freedom and in many respects, a gift that we are now squandering.
We have lived well on the back of those sacrifices but those days are drawing to an end.
Like all centuries before, this one also poses a new set of challenges. We would be fools to think that mankind will live in peace forever more.
As I read, hand painted on the back of a truck in Niger many years ago
"Life is war have a safe journey"
There are many dangerous people out there.
Environmentalists who deny our very right to exist.
Socialists who desire to tell us how to live.
Muslims who wish to impose their beliefs on our culture.
Each time we take a single step back we are just bringing the new risks one step closer.
Update. Right on cue, a gutless, anonymous apologist who rates my ancestor's and every other fallen soldier's sacrifice worthy of a 4/5 rating. These are the people who take not one but 2 steps back.
R.I.P Joe Cocker.
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