Ok, sorry about the header thing, I hate it too, you know how it hangs off the side... I'll have it figured out soon. Well, today is remembrance day and me and my family like every year, attended the cenotaph. One thing that really made me think this year, was my monologue that I had to present at my school's remembrance day presentation. It is part of the story/testimony of Eva Braun:
We had survived, and we had to return to civilization, but how did one behave
in a normal world? We were two young girls who had nothing. Who would look
after us? What would we do?
There was excitement, but our feelings were mixed. We were afraid. It's hard
to describe and explain these feelings of simultaneous fear and joy. That was
our next stage. Now, after liberation, what were we going to do? We had
nothing. We were frightened that we might not have anyone left in the world.
We needed someone to look after us and take care of us. And to a great
extent I was looking after my little sister and another girl. More than anything
else I wanted someone to look after me and relieve me of the burden of caring
for the girls, so that I wouldn't have to be responsible, so that I would be under
an adult's protection. It's hard to explain it, but I wanted someone to look after
me, I wanted someone to lean on. It turned out that freedom is relative to a
very great extent.
Worry about the future weighed heavily on me. We had to build our future, but
how does one build a future?"
This testimony made me realize that so many children have stories like this one. Their parents leave and go off to war, they fight and die, and their children are left in the world with sometimes no one to look after them. I am so thankful for the sacrifice that so many men and women made, so that our country can have the freedoms it does today. Today we remember.