Having just passed another Memorial Day Observance followed by the 73rd anniversary of the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, although ‘anniversary’ never seems the best choice of word, a thought came to me.
Wouldn’t it be nice, if OUR generation,
Recalling the sacrifices of the PAST generations,
Figured out a way so the NEXT generation could live in peace,
And not be memorialized for their sacrifices by the FOLLOWING generations?
World War I was billed as “The War to End All Wars”. It wasn’t, as WWI was followed shortly by World War II. In turn followed soon thereafter by the Korean War.
Two years later, in 1955, Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller composed a beautiful song which most are familiar with and have sung together on Sundays, but perhaps we need to listen more closely next time and take personal responsibility in its message.
Their song began —
“Let their be Peace on Earth, and let it begin with me. Let there be Peace on Earth, the Peace that was meant to be.”
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.”
— from ‘For the Fallen’, by Robert Laurence Binyon
“If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.” – Dalai Lama
In 1969 during the Vietnam War, John Lennon later added — “Give Peace a Chance.”
We keep writing and singing songs about peace. Perhaps it is time we finally follow thru to put words into action and give Peace a chance in our time, so our great-grandchildren will not be memorializing our children and grandchildren.
Thanks for visiting with us again. We wish you Peace. Help the world to find a better way, and be the reason someone smiles today! — Jim (and Red!)
“Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” – Albert Einstein
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” ― Jimi Hendrix