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Reflections on the Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge)

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I watched a "Hallmark" movie the other day........"Silent Night." The movie was (loosely) based on a true event that occurred over Christmas Eve/Christmas Day.




Silent Night (2002)
Fact-based World War II story set on Christmas Eve, 1944, finds a German Mother and her son seeking refuge in a cabin on the war front. When she is invaded by three American soldiers and then three German soldiers, she successfully convinces the soldiers to put aside their differences for one evening and share a Christmas dinner.


The movie was great, but that is not what I really want to discuss here. Seeing the movie put me in a reflective mood about our "greatest generation."


The weather our soldiers endured during the Battle of the Bulge was horrific: it was freezing cold, the foxholes were wet, and there was snow everywhere. On top of that, the army had not issued cold weather gear to the troops so they were not physically prepared for the conditions they found themselves in. Yet they held fast, stayed at their posts, and remained faithful to their oaths.


This morning when took my dog out I was struck by just how heroic these men really were. The weather here, today, is somewhat bitter cold. There is no snow and the ground is dry. I found myself wishing that Pashi would hurry up and do her "business" so I could get back inside where it was warm and dry. Then it hit me. I was complaining about a few minutes of discomfort which would be easily remedied in a very short time. These men endured days of conditions worse than I can imagine.


It made me truly grateful for the sacrifices our warriors made/make on our behalf.....on my behalf. Thank you to anyone who has ever served in the U.S military. You are awesome. You are appreciated. You are loved.

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I had the honor of knowing a man who fought at the battle of the Bulge....he mentioned it once during a blizzard and was surprised I think, to find out that I knew what hardships were endured there. He was there, when the artillery was shooting into the trees, causing lethal wood shrapnel to fly into the troops....he learned towing and recovery of heavy equipment from recovering tanks.

All he said about that event was that there were a lot more men in church afterward than had attended before that battle. I believed him. He was a fine Christian gentleman, and I wish there were more like him in the world - it would be a better place.

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