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Thursday, 24 November 2011

I am thankful

Today is Thanks giving in America, a day when people are able to give thanks for what they have and they have turkey and celebrate the day with their family.

I also celebrate this day in my own way and I am thankful for so many things every day.
As any one who reads my posts will be aware I am so very thankful for my Jenn, I love her more now than ever before and in just ten days from now I will be setting off to see her. I am also thankful for my family and friends. I am thankful for my life and for all the things that I have , I am thankful for my Job, I know that the world is in a sticky position at the moment and there are lots and lots of people without work, and I truly hope that they will find work soon. and I am thankful for the freedom I enjoy every day and I am thankful to those who fight to make sure that not just I but every one has the same freedoms.

I was watching a show on TV with my mother today about the second world war and a group of P.O.W's that were forced to march up to 1000 miles across Germany while at gun point. some of the survivors were speaking on the TV about what they had suffered and sacrificed. They are all old men now but you can see that the memories of what they had suffered were still clear as day in their minds. One man talked about how cold it was he said " I made the mistake of taking my boots of at night and when I came to put them on in the morning they had frozen, I was made to march in them and it was agony". another man said about how they were infested with fleas and lice and that it was hard not to constantly be itching and sleep was difficult because the insects would start biting and moving around and finding warm places on them, as the march went on and the soldiers got exhausted they would try to help each other, but illness took a lot of them and one soldier said that hunger was a constant issue and some of them would eat insects, some times at night it got so cold that they would lose feeling in their hands, arms and legs, and on some mornings not all of them would get up, some had died in their sleep through freezing to death for starvation and illness. eventually they stopped in a field and fell asleep and when they woke the soldiers who had been forcing them to march had gone. the men started to wonder around and they heard tanks approaching, they thought it was the soldiers come back to finish them off, but it was the allies, the men who had marched nearly 1000 miles were saved. they were sent back to their base. at the end of the show one of the men who had been forced to march laid flowers on a plaque dedicated to the men of the Long march. One of the old men said that he had never married, because of the nightmares he has of what happened.

it was watching the show and seeing the courage of the men who suffered the Long march that made me right this post and realize just how thankful I am for everything I have every day.

Thank you for reading this

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

I am so very thankful for you.