Veterans Day, 2017 – Who Died?

First posted for Memorial Day, who died is just as relevant on
Veteran’s day.

We best honor the sacrifice of those who died by providing for
the men and women who  fought with them and survived.

‘Who Died’ is a five minute memorial to the young men who died
in the 1944 Invasion of France.

It speaks to the sacrifice of all young men and woman who give
their lives to preserve and protect American democracy.

Written, introduced, and narrated by novelist Betty Smith, author of
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” the film answers the question “Who died?”

Betty Smith: “I’ve just been told that over 3,000 of our American boys
died in the first eleven days of the invasion of France.

Who died? I’ll tell you who died.

Not so many years ago, there was a little boy sleeping in his crib. In the night, it thundered and lightninged. He woke and cried out in fear.

His mother came and fixed his blankets and said, ‘Don’t cry. Nothing will
ever hurt you.

He died.”

From the Technique newspaper

‘Who Died?’ – 1945

Description at National Archives: “Designed to sell war bonds, this picture requests the purchase of and retention of war bonds.”

National Archives Identifier: 11823

 

 

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Education for Death: The Making of A Nazi

Made by Walt Disney Studios in 1943, this ten-minute anti-Nazi
propaganda film depicts Nazi indoctrination of children.

The short also references the Hitler Youth and Lebensborn, Hitler’s
eugenics program for breeding Aryans.

The goal of the Hitler Youth was clear:

 “We demand that the National Socialist Youth, and all other young Germans, irrespective of class or occupation, between fourteen and eighteen years of age, whose hearts are affected by the suffering and hardships afflicting the Fatherland, and who later desire to join the ranks of the fighters against the Jewish enemy, the sole originator of our present shame and suffering, enter the Youth League of the NSDAP…”

Based on a screen shot from the Film Education for Death-The Making of the Nazi
The World Belongs to the strong and brutal. There is no room for weaklings.

This animated short is tragically relevant as Germany becomes the leader of the Free World.

Education for Death: The Making of A Nazi
by Walt Disney Studios
Published 1943

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I will not suffer attempts to use my blog to wage a partisan war of words.

This post is not partisan.

All Americans should be horrified the Russian hack of our election,
and the President’s attempt to subvert our press.

A screen shot of a trump tweet that calls the legitimate news fake
This memorial day let us remember that political leaders who spout enemy propaganda are un American

All Americans should want the truth about Russia’s influence on our government.

If you think this is a liberal/democrat thing you’re a fool and a danger to the nation and you might want to stop following my blog.

Screenshot of Angela Merkel stating that Europe cannot count on the U.S.
This is not Normal

 All Americans should be appalled by Trump’s treatment of our NATO Allies.

Animated gif from NBC News
This is NOT Normal.

Trump is NOT Normal

 

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Great-Great Grandfather Knows Best: It’s Your America, 1945

It’s Your America (Part 2)  1945
U.S. War Office

An American soldier puzzles over what it means to be an American as he observes the enemy and interacts with the other men in of his platoon.

“When we were kids we never thought much about freedom or liberty, maybe that’s because we had so much of it.”

Released in 1945 but made while U.S. Forces were still in combat,An American soldier, realizes the greatness of his country and determines to assume the share of responsibilities of good citizenship upon his return to civilian life.

The U.S. War Department

“The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man, or one party,
or one nation…it must be a peace which rests on the cooperative effort of
the whole world.”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt  March 1, 1945

 

Norman Rockwells Four Freedoms, Freedom of Worship
Each according to the dictates of his own Conscience.

 

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The danger of forgetting our ‘Date of Infamy’

Thoughts on The Day of Infamy from Ned Hickson.

Ned's Blog

imageimageI was nine years old the last time our nation fired a shot while openly declaring war with another nation. And while we have certainly spent the majority of the last few decades fighting abroad and sacrificing the lives of our young men and women in places like Kuwait, Qatar, Baghdad and Syria, the horrific attacks of Sept. 11 are the closest that many of my generation have come to experiencing war first-hand.

As a child, I was only peripherally aware of the Vietnam War and even less so of the Korean War, which ended before I was born. Yet, as the last shot was being fired in Vietnam, I already knew what Pearl Harbor was.

I knew how, on Dec. 7, 1941, a quiet Sunday morning was transformed into a fiery nightmare by Japanese planes that claimed the lives of more than 2,400 servicemen.

I knew about the USS Arizona…

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