Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day Photo

If I were any less mannish this photo from the Stephen Ambrose book, Citizen Soldiers, could make me get all misty-eyed. The caption reads;

Normandy suffered terribly. Cerisy-la-Salle, July 25, 1944. The girl was the only person in the village. Sgt. David Weiss appears to be telling her that everything will be okay.

See what I mean? A little 4 or 5 year old girl all alone in a bad place, saved by the good guys. Lucky for her. By the time this photo was taken the Germans had murdered God only knows how many children her age. Tough luck being Jewish back in the day.

To put a more modern edge on it, if these two G.I.'s were instead a couple of the Muslim zealots we're fighting today, one of them would be wanting to chop her head off and the other would want to marry her.

I'll take my team.

1 comment:

The Archduke of Arrogance said...

Amen. Regardless of what some people seem to think, Americans have always been the good guys.