Sunday, November 5, 2006
One week to go . . .
Well, I really really need to sleep more, but I doubt I'll do it tonight . . . again. 'Tis silly, I know. Umm, other than that news, my FMA watch may be dying on me. It ticks slow or the hands stick or something, but with a fresh battery it's still not keeping up with real time. This is a shame, I shall have to get it fixed or something . . . 'cause I like that watch . . .
Anyways, November 11th is getting closer and closer; incidentally, I've already lost a poppy and shall have to get a new one for my jacket soon. For those who've been here a couple years, you'll be used to what's coming up . . . essentially, I'm gonna be reformatting my page a little bit. Its tone is gonna get a little somber and a little more serious, and I won't be blogging about daily life.
Instead, I'll be looking back at things that've happened in our histories, things that really give a sense of what we as a people have gained, lost, and died for through war. The phrase "lest we forget" has gotten kinda popular since September 11th, and there's nothing wrong with that . . . well, aside from selling comemorative coins minted with silver "from ground zero" for $30 a pop "so you'll never forget this moment" again . . . . . silly . . . . .
For the record, I'm not gonna spend a week writing about September 11th. For one thing, that didn't happen during war time exactly (you could make the argument, but yeah). For another . . . everyone still remembers it.
Who remembers the Marco Polo Bridge Incident, though? How about the Battle of the Aleutian Islands? I'm sure some of you have heard about the bombing of Dresden by now? These might not have been as glamourous or memorable as Pearl Harbour, but hey.
Let's look even further . . . who's heard of the Battle of Messines in the First World War? It was pretty famous. So was the Battle of Gallipoli, there was even a Mel Gibson movie about it. Any raised hands yet?
Those of you still with your hands down, I promise, I'll fill you in as best I can unless I've already talked about it before (in which case I'll give you a link). But yeah, sometimes we have some momentous points in time where we all stop and remember where I was when I heard that so and so happened. There's nothing wrong with that, there's a reason why these moments were so important to us. But y'know, those moments are in hard order of ever being forgotten that easily . . . it's the other ones I'm more concerned about.
As a Chinese-Canadian, the day I learned about what happened in Nanjing during the war scared the hell out of me. I mean, my grandparents were in China during this time (not there specifically, but you know what I mean)! I think I only learned about it about three or four years ago, if even. That's a lot of years - a lot of history classes - to go through before learning about how an entire city and surrounding area of half a million men, women and children were raped for six weeks straight. It should not have taken that long.
I don't know how long it's taken for any of you . . . but if I can help it, I'm gonna cut down that time for as much as I can in the time I have. Yeah, the coming week is gonna be full of very long posts, and I know a lot of you have issues with that.
Y'know, for the most part I don't care if you don't care . . . . . not this time, though. I'm asking you - honestly and sincerely - to read these ones as they come. This is the only time in the whole year I'll ever ask you to read something I write at this blog, the only time I'll ask you to tell others to come by and read. If you read fast, it'll take two or maybe three minutes tops to get through a post. This is important to me, and it's something I really want to spread around to others . . .
The saying says "lest we forget" . . . I say it's time we learn in the first place.