WORLD WAR I
WORLD WAR II
On Sunday, the fam and I visited Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
It’s a beautiful place.
Usually when we go there it’s almost always on a whim, a spur of the moment thing.
As if its spirit overcomes us and compels us to visit.
But on Sunday, we wanted to go knowing that Veteran’s Day was forthcoming.
And we wanted to put ourselves in the presence of the most honorable of veterans.
True heroes fighting for the truest of causes.
But we also went knowing that it wasn’t just a reflection for today, the day my country honors all who serve and have served in defense of Freedom & Liberty.
We went knowing that Sunday was Remembrance Day. A day which our good friends in the United Kingdom reserve for reflecting on the sacrifices of their heroes.
During my years of service, I was fortunate enough, honored, to be able to serve closely with many fine soldiers and sailors, veterans in defense of Freedom & Liberty, from the United Kingdom. I made many good friends.
I also served closely with those from Canada, Australia, Japan, and other countries. I made many more good friends.
I am a lucky old sailor who is honored to have served with such honorable men and women from all over this fine yet feisty planet of ours…
It’s not much, but to honor all veterans around the globe who serve in defense of Freedom & Liberty, I offer my novel THE SEA TRIALS OF AN UNFORTUNATE SAILOR and LEAVE: A SHORT STORY to all for free. The novel will be available for free until Midnight tonight (PST) and the short story will be available until Midnight tomorrow night (PST).
Those in the United States can get their copies here
All others around the world can get theirs here
And you can always find a free selection of stories right here
PEACE …through superior fire power
It is my assumption that most of us are probably more familiar with World War II history than the histories of most other wars. As most historians don’t consider something as history unless we are at least fifty years or so removed from the event, I am not considering the world’s most recent wars when I make this assumption.
Consequently, I have been doing a little research to brush up on my World War I history. I was fortunate to find a wonderfully produced ten-part documentary on youtube fittingly entitled “The First World War.”
What I relearned from my research, and I know that this is not a new revelation by any stretch of the imagination, is that we as humans were utterly brutal and merciless during the twentieth century. It’s unfathomable to me how many millions were killed during World War I. And to top it all off, just as the war ended, the Spanish Flu pandemic infected the globe and killed another twenty million or so people.
You’re probably familiar with the saying “misery loves company.” Well, we at least can find some solace for what seems like our present day madness of global wars and revolutions and piracy and economic depressions and disregard for human rights by looking back through history and finding just about any point in time when it was much, much worse.