Memorial Day – Remember Always

War is awful.  It is important to remember those who fought and died for our rights.  That’s why we vote!  Many Men and Women died to protect the foundation of our Freedoms.

Our Town hosts the Memorial Day Parade and Dedication.

I remember all of my family who fought and came home.  I remember Staff Sgt. Larry Pierce who fought in Vietnam and didn’t survive.  I remember Maj. Michael O’Donnell who fought in Vietnam in 1970 and who didn’t survive.  Major O’Donnell did eventually come home in 2001 when his remains were repatriated to the United States.  Major O’Donnell left behind these words…

If you are able,
save them a place
inside of you
and save one backward glance
when you are leaving
for the places they can
no longer go.
Be not ashamed to say
you loved them,
though you may
or may not have always.
Take what they have left
and what they have taught you
with their dying
and keep it with your own.
And in that time
when men decide and feel safe
to call the war insane,
take one moment to embrace
those gentle heroes
you left behind.

Major Michael Davis O’Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam

REMEMBER them always in your heart!

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World Holocaust Remembrance Day

I didn’t have access to my computer over the weekend so this post is late.  Although, shouldn’t every day be Holocaust Remembrance day?

Kazimierz Smoleń survived the worst of humanity.  Today in 2018 we are faced with a surge of White Supremacy from the US Government.  President Donald J. Trump and his cronies such as Stephen Miller want  a male white race to rule all in America.  They govern by fear and intimidation.  Senator McConnell and Rep. Paul Ryan live by the ideology that poor people just like being poor and if you cut off all resources to them they will strive to be wealthy.  You know who else lived by these philosophies?  Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler and all of those fools that tried to destroy humanity.

Our leaders have linked the health of our children to legislation to make wealthy people wealthier.  Major corporations will pay less taxes.  Trump and his ilk want to increase military spending and he’s always using twitter to bring us to the brink of war. I fear for America.  I fear for the people of the world.  I fear we have lost all hope in humanity.

Some of Trumps supporters (I call them Trumpkins) in the US and abroad believe the Holocaust was fake.  Because they say it didn’t happen, so to them, it didn’t happen.

It did happen.  It was cruel and barbaric and was done only to show the world that fearful fools like Hitler, Kim Jong Un and Donald J. Trump should never have power of any kind!

I’m sad that the country that my family has bled and died for lacks any principles.  I’m sad that so-called Christians who hold favor with Trump forgive a white man the sins of abortion, adultery and well all sin because he asked forgiveness (Trump never asked forgiveness…he denied what we all know to be true). It’s disgusting.    I hold faith that fools like these do not destroy my country.

I will always remember the Holocaust.  The truth and the survival are real.  Remembrance of the lessons that were left behind.  I will hold them tight and hope we do not follow the path of lies and destruction.  Six Million people were slaughtered because they were Jewish or different.   SLAUGHTERED…read the big word.

NEVER FORGET!!!

It’s Been 72 Years – Auschwitz-Birkenau

Today I remember the loss of Kazimierz Smoleń.  He died on January 27, 2012 at the age of 92.

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It is almost fitting this man of history died on the very day the Soviets liberated the Nazi Death Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.  Kazimierz Smoleń was given the number 1327 when he was taken to Auschwitz in Poland.  He was housed in Auschwitz for 5 years.  In April of 1945 he was moved to another location.  He survived his 5 years of incarceration in the death camps.  He made it out of the Nazi’s vision which was nothing more than a twisted nightmare for millions of Jews, Catholics, Homosexuals, Disabled, Elderly and dissidents.  He survived.

Sadly, approximately 1.1 million others didn’t.  He dedicated his life to truth.  He shared his story so that others would be able to put a face to this mass murdering spree of the Nazis.

When those out there that like to pretend in some twisted world they live in that the extermination of Jews and others didn’t happen under Nazi rule.  Tell them Kazimierz Smoleń and other survivors out there like him would strongly disagree.

Learn from these atrocities.  Tell the world that violence isn’t the only way.

A Day of Remembrance – Kazimierz Smolen

Today we remember the liberation of Auschwitz.  Today I remember a brave man who survived until that Liberation.  Today like years before I remember Kazimierz Smolen.  He survived and told his story of cruelty and survival.

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There are so many places in our world were cruelty continues to churn out destruction.  I hope one day we as people will truly understand what those who survived the Holocaust know and have known.

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If you kill everyone there is no one to call you victor.  Also, fear isn’t respect.  If someone fears you, well, you are probably a lame ass loser and bully.  Which means you are nothing.

Read up on the holocaust and the pain and suffering of those who were deemed by one man as not worthy.  In the end Hitler was a coward as are those who torture and bully.