Bend In The Branch

The personal opinions of one among many.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Quiet Dignity

As is often true of those who don the uniform in service to our great nation and make sacrifices worthy of admiration, Major General James E. Bolt (Retired) shares a somewhat diminished tale of his experiences as a World War II Prisoner of War.

History has taught us of men packed in boxcars to the point of standing room only with meager rations of bread and water, if any, and rare occasions to perform necessary bodily functions outside of the boxcar; of men seriously injured who never received medical treatment; of men who walked mile after mile, day after day, in blizzards and freezing temperatures without adequate food, clothing or shelter; of men who died from untreated wounds, torture, cold, or starvation; and of men who helplessly watched their comrades in suffering die.

History has also taught us of men and women who fought in unpopular wars simply for the sake of commitment, only to be shunned by those they were committed to.

Bolt said Sunday’s celebration was humbling.

“I’m just so proud of my country and people,” he said, “and folks who take the time to do something like this.”

We are humbled, sir. We are proud of you, and we are grateful for you.


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