Do you understand that this is the best part of war I’ve seen? I got hot chow, hot showers, warm bed. Germany is almost as good as being home. So quit asking about when you’re gonna see some real action, will you? And stop with the fucking love songs…! It’s been two years since I’ve seen home. Two years. This fuckin’ war.
Jordan Parrish (via because-sterek)
Ladies and gentlemen, veterans of the Second World War of 1939-1945, immediate families, relatives, children and grandchildren of the veterans and fallen of the Second World War, and all the people of the free world, especially to those serving in uniform as part of the uniformed services from all the combatant Allied countries today,
75 years ago on this day Danzig, Poland became a city under Nazi German adminstration in the midst of the beginning of the Second World War in Europe.
And 69 years ago today the formal end of the Second World War was finally reached when on this very day, on the USS Missouri (BB-69) off Tokyo, representatives of the armed forces, government and people of Imperial Japan signed the document of the terms of surrender in the presence of leading Allied military and civil leaders, formally ending six years of war that took so many lives, destroyed so many infastructure and public parks, and forever changed the world.
And it was on this very day that Ho Chin Minh read out in Hanoi the formal declaration of the restoration of Vietnamese independence after years of Japanese and French rule, therefore being established as a republic.
So many died in this great conflict from both sides, either as military personnel, militia personnel, or civilians.
So many survived to see the final victory over the Axis being achieved in Europe on May 8 and 9, 1945 and on the Pacific on this very day.
At a high cost, the Allied ended the plans of Axis leaders to dominate our world. And thus, we who live today must never forget the sacrifices the Greatest Generation had done to ensure the survival of humanity and the spirits of liberty and freedom so that we can live our today preparing to stand for our tomorrow for the values that are truly worth defending.
In all the works paying tribute to the heroes that won the war and gave us our today, including the men of Easy Company 2-506/3BCT/101ABDN/18AC, and the men of the 1st, 5th and 7th Marine Regiments of the 1st Marine Division, we honor their endless determination, courage and strength to fight the evils of the world at all costs, and thus draw our inspiration from their experience in order that whenever we face trials, we turn to them for guidance in order that we can come out of them stronger than ever before. For we must never forget their service to the peoples of the counrties they served and the freedom they fought against fascism and imperialism at the cost of their lives!
To all the veterans and survivors of the Second World War, and to all who serve today in the uniformed services of all the victorious Allies, my dearest greetings to all of you as we all mark the 69th year of the end of the Second World War and of the victory over Japan. May we always cherish the memories of all those who fought before us in the name of freedom, and honor the memory of these brave heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for the future generations to come!
As the men of Easy Company would say: WE STAND ALONE TOGETHER!
ETERNAL GLORY TO THE FALLEN AND THE HEROES AND VETERANS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN EUROPE AND THE PACIFIC FROM 1939-1945, WHOSE LEGACY WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN BY ALL GENERATIONS TO COME!
ETERNAL GLORY TO ALL THOSE WHO GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR THE FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE OF OUR WORLD AGAINST FASCISM, NAZISM AND IMPERIALISM!
LONG LIVE THE VICTORIOUS ALLIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN EUROPE AND THE PACIFIC!
LONG LIVE ALL OUR SERVING TROOPS OF THE ARMED SERVICES OF ALL THE COMBATANT ALLIED COUNTRIES THAT HELPED WIN THIS GREAT WAR AGAINST FASCISM AND NAZISM, AS WELL AS ALL OUR SERVICE PERSONNEL IN THE POLICE, FIREFIGHTING, FORESTRY, BORDER CONTROL AND RESCUE SERVICES!
GLORY TO THE VICTORIOUS PEOPLES OF THE FREE WORLD, DESCENDANTS OF THE HEROIC AND GLORIOUS GENERATIONS WHO FOUGHT THE FORCES OF FASCISM AND IMPERIALISM!
LONG LIVE EASY COMPANY, 2ND BATTALION, 506TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT, 4TH BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM AND NOW 3RD BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM, 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION (AIR ASSAULT), XVIII AIRBORNE CORPS, UNITED STATES ARMY… THE “BAND OF BROTHERS”!
LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, ALWAYS FAITHFUL TILL THE END FOR THE PEOPLE AND THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND OF THE FREE WORLD!
LONG LIVE THE 69TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VICTORIOUS CONCLUSION OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR AND OF THE VICTORY OVER JAPAN!
CURRAHEE! AIR ASSAULT! ARMY STRONG! SEMPER FI!
1115H, September 2, 2014, the 238th year of the United States of America, the 239th of the United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps, the 120th of the International Olympic Commitee, the 100th of the beginning of the First World War, the 75th of the invasion of Poland and the beginning of the Second World War, the 72nd of the Battle of Guadalcanal, the 70th of the marriage of John and Lena Basilone, D-Day, the battles for Caretan, Operation Market Garden, the Battle of Peleliu, the beginning of the liberation of the Philippines and the Battle of the Bulge, the 69th of the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and of the great victories in Europe and the Pacific and the 67th of the United States Armed Forces.
JOHN EMMANUEL C. RAMOS
Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Grandson of Philippine Navy veteran PO2 Paterno Cueno, PN (Ret.)
(Requiem for a Soldier) (Honor by Hans Zimmer) (Platoon Swims)
(Slavsya from Mikhail Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar)
(Victory Day by Lev Leshenko)
(Last Post) (Taps) (Rendering Honors)