Gene Rackovitch reflects on the many blessings of peace.
by Gene Rackovitch
I see a table full at thanksgiving and notice how my seed has multiplied and am proud and grateful for the years of peace that has been granted us from the sacrifices of so many. When my mind is free of the trials of life as it is now sometimes I think of what it would have been like if the axis hoards had won the war and I negate that thought for the pleasures I have enjoyed throughout my life. And I see in my mind the crosses in all the countries of the world dedicated to men who gave their lives for us to enjoy the seventy odd years of peace we are blessed with now.
Peace isn’t free.
There are times when I look up to the heavens and send a blessing to those that gave their all for the peace we enjoy. There will always be those that try to take our freedom from us and to negate the peace we have attained, but we have no fear from the destroyers of freedom. For we glory in the essence of the peace afforded us by the many who serve now and know if called upon to serve their will be no hesitation to again give our all for the price of freedom.
Peace is not mandated.
It is forwarded by the masses of the world who realize the injustice of barbarism that negates progress while maintaining a command over the masses by subjugation through fear. Those that know or want to enjoy the pleasure of freedom and peace will gladly put to rest the detractors. I look back and see how my life has been full and satisfying reveling in the peace afforded me by my brothers in arms and will be ever grateful to them. There are times when we forget but the holidays bring back the need to remember the ones you owe, and I owe many.
May you all remember this holiday season those that do not have the pleasure of the peace we enjoy, for they gave their all.
Gene Rackovitch entered the Marine Corps in 1944. In March of 1945, he was attached to C Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division. At the end of the Second World War, he was sent to Guam. He was stationed there for eighteen months. It was there that he amassed the material for his novel, Marines and Renegades.
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