Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
– Winston Churchill, about R.A.F fighter pilots
Not so very long ago, the Ukrainian people lived in what appeared to be relative peace. The streets were calm. Homes felt safe. Day-to-day chores were accomplished, and children played with one another in the parks.
And in the blink of an eye, shouting and fires and armed troops and killing replaced the security they had known. I know it isn’t that simple. Nothing is. But I would wager that the “average” person in Ukraine would rather resolve their differences without destruction and death.
After a somber visit to the American Cemetery in Normandy, we drove down to the beach. Where the infamous conflicts portrayed in “Saving Private Ryan” and so many other war films played out, the beach this day was filled with holiday visitors … children playing along the shore, kites and wind sails across the sky … peace and happiness won at such a great price.
Today, as we remember all the sad losses that have occurred because of hatred and conflict, greed and arrogance and all of those interminable reasons ‘mankind’ loses its’ way; I hope one day the abiding desire for peace will overcome the destructive actions of war.