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WHAT FREEDOM MEANS TO ME--------------------------

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Colin Report 12 Jul 2008 12:59

This is a true story
My uncle bill, a veteran of WW1 found himself
directed to 27 MU shawbury R A F in 1939.
Getting his fingers trapped in the hangar doors led to him
being off work 6 weeks. These during summer school hols
so i would go with him every day, since he had to report to
M I room, daily.
Now by the M I room was the M U canteen. Whilst he was
being attended to he left me with Agness, one of the cooks,
ICE CREAM time, why else would t trudge a couple miles with him every morning.
Behind the canteen the fire station,well a lad and fire engines??
One particular morning, no one having noticed me, i stood
and watched the fire crew as they hosed the remains of a rear
gunner out of what remained of his turret.
I had night mares, but the true impact of that never meant
anything to a 5yr old. But 70 yrs on or more, it does.
I see it like this--That Bits of human remains with tangled
uniform, belonged to half a body sucked out over Germany
This was some mothers son,some fathers pride and joy
a living breathing being torn to pieces.
I AND ALL YOU--We owe him and hundreds more like him
he died for freedom--not for P C or self opinionated little men
hardly out of napkins.
cant write any more for tears
colin F

wonder. y

wonder. y Report 12 Jul 2008 13:10

dear Colin, your story made me cry. and like you have memorys of the war years,not has bad as the one you have spoken about. but I can still see my father at my bedroom window in the dark,counting the planes that were coming back after a mission.
Those dear young men should never be forgotten.
and yet sometimes when I see what's going on in the world, I ask myself, for what did they die


Surf Report 12 Jul 2008 13:12

hi colin surf here weve never met so hello

the thing is now days people seen to forget about our past and only look to the future and whats going on around them.

I myself will never forget what our boys in the last war did for us and so should everyone else.

passes tissue


GI YID Report 12 Jul 2008 13:14

Colin hi, I spent some time last week in the Imperial war Museum, particularly in the Victoria and George Cross section. Made me feel very humble.

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 12 Jul 2008 13:15

Too many of my mother's friends and acquaintances fought in WW2 for me ever to forget the sacrifices they made or the debt owed.



Taff Report 12 Jul 2008 13:18

Speachless, Colin!

Devon Dweller

Devon Dweller Report 12 Jul 2008 13:19

My Grandfather fought in the battle of Somme in WW1 ...we make sure our children respect them all


Colin Report 12 Jul 2008 13:57

Ime tearfully impressed to read your comments
and happy there are a few who remember
Whilst P C would have us forget by telling us
we are uropeans, so to they who love EUrope
go i say with a salopian farewell.Live there.
colin F

♫≈♥≈♫miss chief

♫≈♥≈♫miss chief Report 12 Jul 2008 14:12

My mother lost her brother in ww2.....he was 20yrs old........i hope his life wasnt taken in vain.x


Taff Report 12 Jul 2008 14:15

No , MC, he stood for the freedom we have to-day!

Sally Moonchild

Sally Moonchild Report 12 Jul 2008 14:20

Hello Colin, so many people were affected by sights and situations they found themselves in.....too horrific to describe.....

My Dad would sit and cry remembering that he had killed people......I told him he was only doing his duty..... he went into the army as a cadet before the war at 17 years of age......and came out as a battle hardened man.....there was no post traumatic stress counselling for those young men......just straight back, and get on with life.....

It was only when he had time, and his memories ..... and my Sis and I always thanked Dad, his brothers and all those of that generation 'doing their bit' so that we might live in peace....

Grateful, you bet I am, my Dad and others like him paid dearly for our todays....

Awful memory Colin......x

♫≈♥≈♫miss chief

♫≈♥≈♫miss chief Report 12 Jul 2008 14:32

Thanks taff........yer right. xxxxx

skwirrel 1

skwirrel 1 Report 12 Jul 2008 16:00

My father was in the army during WW2, his cousin (18 years of age) and his uncle were blown up in a London air attack, my mother's cousin died on his submarine in an attack, at the age of 20.

We all have reminders of that conflict.