D Day remembrance

65 years ago today, better  known as the D Day, the greatest sea invasion took place in the shores of Normandy in France. That was the turning point on the western front of Europe in the Second World War, maybe even more important than the turning point in the Eastern Front of Europe in the battle of Stalingrad.

Tens of thousands of soldiers from UK, USA, Canada, and France died in this landing, but their feats helped mankind to overcome the darkness and dictatorship that was engulfing the world. Without these people, world history might be different and Malaysia history might have to be rewirtten.

 Without the success of the Normandy landings. we  would probably not even be here arguing whether we should let Chin Peng  come back, if the Axis forces had triumphed over the Allied.

So mankind all over the world should take a minute off their busy schedule and pay respect to these  soldiers, and ponder about the perils and destruction caused by wars.

The lesson from this is that issues can best be solved without resorting to war. ANother world war would probably see the end of this world, and you and I would not even have a chance to survive..

d dayAmerican cemetery in Normandy

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. klm
    Jun 06, 2009 @ 22:24:44

    It would be interesting to note that Germany as we know it did not exist until the late 19th century. Modern Germany in its short period of existence was responsible for 2 world wars and both involved the invasion of France.

    In spite the past animosity, the French and the Germans have to make up and be friends. The German had probably killed, tortured and maimed many French people who probably still hated the Germans. But as a nation The French govt have to move on and make peace with Germany. France have to forgive the past to survive the 20th century.

    Similarly, Malaysia as a nation have to forgive the war with the communist and move on. If we dont, the wound of the past will fester and eventually kill the nation. We have seen that there are individuals who would not let go the past. It is their rights. But the govt cannot hold on to the wound of the past.

    That is the lesson of the commemoration of the landing in Normandy.

    It is to pay tribute to the sacrifice of the men who died there. Equally important, it is to celebrate the better world because of their sacrifice. The acrimony of the past must be forgiven and a path forged.

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  2. mf
    Jun 06, 2009 @ 23:19:52

    I was searching for hymns in youtube and one that came to my mind to look for is this:

    Make me a channel of your peace.
    Where there is hatred let me bring your love.
    Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord
    And where there’s doubt, true faith in you.

    Oh, Master grant that I may never seek
    So much to be consoled as to console
    To be understood as to understand
    To be loved as to love with all my soul.

    Make me a channel of your peace
    Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope
    Where there is darkness, only light
    And where there’s sadness, ever joy.

    Make me a channel of your peace
    It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
    In giving to all men that we receive
    And in dying that we’re born to eternal

    This day that we remember in which so many of ours forefather lived, suffered, and died, is a day that we should never forget.

    Our hope is that there will be no more, yet in this modern world, there is more and more wars and strifes, displacement of people, injusticeness, and so on. Let us find in ourselves the peace and goodness within us to share out with others to make the world within our vicinity a better one.

    Regards

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  3. romerz
    Jun 07, 2009 @ 01:51:39

    I watched on CNN when president Obama invited Elie Wiesel to give the closing words on his visit to Buchenwald concentration camp.

    And Elie Wiesel asked did we as a human race really learn from the horrors of the 2nd world war and the atrocities committed towards humanity by itself?

    Like Elie Wiesel, I have mixed feelings on this but I’m hopeful. I have to hope that there is a better future for humanity and the human beings residing in this country of ours otherwise I would waste away from depression and despair!

    Hope is all that we Malaysian humans have left but hope without the citizens of Malaysia and the earth to take it to the next level of reality means nothing.

    Our country and planet are crying for those who not only hope but prepared to leave behind a better legacy for our innocent descendants!

    As Malaysians and inhabitants of this planet Earth, we have to act and act now!

    I’m reminded of the poem by Martin Niemoller –

    “They first came for the communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t communist;

    Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;

    Then they came for the trade unionist, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;

    Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a protestant;

    Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up!”

    ————

    Our country and our planet will suffer if they cannot find those who would protect and nurture Malaysia and the planet on which it sits.

    We have no one to blame but ourselves for our predicament.

    No more to racism, prejudice and shallow nationalistic and ethnic and religious mindset if we as a human race is to survive, progress and prosper.

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  4. Meng
    Jun 07, 2009 @ 16:56:35

    Perhaps we should have a commemoration day on “the government for not acting in accordance to The Agreement signed”

    Allowing Chin Peng to return vide article 3.1, the BN will score point. MCA will say to the chinese see we have influence the government.

    Not allowing the return, advantage to Pakatan/DAP …seen as a untrustworthy government for going back on its words.

    Both ways.. one would loose.

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  5. Dr Hsu
    Jun 07, 2009 @ 20:40:49

    klm,
    well said. If we cannot forgive and forget, we can never move on…. That is indeed the lesson from the Second World War..

    In a way, we have all forgiven and forgotten. In our home, most of our applicances will be made in Japan, most of us will be driving a car either made in Japan or using Japanese technology..

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  6. Disgusted
    Jun 07, 2009 @ 20:57:25

    Even if the world do not engage in nuclear wars, the earth’s balance and harmony has been seriously disturbed. Mining of elements and crude oil have contributed to this disharmony and with global warming, we don’t need wars to wipe us out.

    Weather and natural catastrophe will worsen in decades to come and essential water element will be getting scarce. Over development and complacency will take a serious toll. No one can save this planet. Collectively kaput.

    monk

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