Emzy Gaydon, July 20th, 1944 Heroes, Memorial Day, Mosque being built at Ground Zero, Obama, Politics, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Valkyrie Plot

For Your Tomorrows We Gave Our Todays, by Beverly Hicks Burch

For Your Tomorrows We Gave Our Todays

By Beverly Hicks Burch

As a young mother I remember reading the heartbreaking story of little Adam Walsh. Adam was 6 years old and had gone to the mall with his Mom. They were in a Sears store and Adam was in the toy department just a few aisles away from his mother when he was snatched away from her and vanished forever. Later little Adam’s severed head was found in a nearby canal and it was obvious he had become a victim of an evil predator.

When I read Adam’s story, an ice cold horror and fear surrounded my heart. At the time I was a young mother myself. My baby boy was only about 18 months old. All I could do at the time was rush to his side, pick him up, hold him and silently cry. I remember thinking “there but for the grace of God go I”. I also remember thinking at the time that one of the most horrific experiences for a parent to go through would be to have something happen to their child and not be there with the child to hold and comfort him or her.

It was a thought I could hardly bare to think about even as my son grew into a teen and later into an adult. It was even more heavily on my heart when he served his country in the Middle East after 9/11. All I could do was place his life in God’s hands…

But folks, I want to remind you this Memorial Day there have been many parents for generations who have gone through that very same dreaded experience. Somewhere on some raging battlefield in a foreign land, or even in this country during the Civil War, parents have lost precious children. They died alone, without the comfort and without the loving arms of their family cradling them as they passed from this life to the next. They died while serving this country and for the values we believe in. You only have to think of Pearl Harbor, Hitler, Stalin, Saddam, Idi Amin, the warlords of Somalia, concentration camps, the slavery still practiced in Africa and the gulags of the Cold War to even begin to scrape the evil that lurks in the corners of this world and where some of our sons and daughter fought or aided the innocent.

Hitler was an evil that was unleashed upon Germany and the world a generation ago. He promised change for Germans who were still reeling from WWI and felt they had gotten the short end of the stick from the armistice after that war. As Hitler rose to power if you ridiculed him or questioned him you were bullied and made to shut up…sometimes permanently. Soon Germans found their freedom of speech very limited…unless it was in favor of the Fuhrer…and soon whole segments of groups and populations were being loaded up in cattle cars and “relocated” to death camps…all for the greater good of German society. There were a few brave souls that did act toward the end of the war for the true greater good of Germany.

In July 1944 there was a failed plot to overthrow Hitler. It was the plot the movie Valkyrie starring Tom Cruise as Claus Phillipp von Stauffenberg was based on. These men knew that Hitler was causing the demise of Germany and for Germany to survive, Hitler had to be stopped. They were willing to give their “todays” for Germany’s tomorrows… Although the plot ultimately failed, it had to have helped with the eventual downfall of the Third Reich and today the men of the July 20th, 1944 plot are honored in Germany as heroes…they are remembered…they are memorized…they are not forgotten…

My Tall & Handsome’s own Uncle Emzy (Gaydon) fought in that same war. Uncle Emzy was a John Wayne and Ronald Reagan type of guy. He was captured for posterity in a famous picture taken of Gen. Eisenhower. There is a group of GIs standing around Eisenhower and there as big as Dallas is Uncle Emzy. Emzy is the tall guy to the right of Eisenhower in the center of the picture. He’s the one with the healthy head of hair.

Emzy was a member of the 101st Airborne and he fought at the Battle of the Bulge. He was wounded in that battle and the wound was so severe they thought he would die on that foreign battlefield. A chaplain was even sent to give Emzy last rites and a good stiff dose of morphine. Emzy was of good strong western stock and he survived that wound, but he carried a scar of that hole with him on his shoulder the rest of his life. Emzy had been willing to give his todays for our tomorrows…

Today I saw a special about the battle of Iwo Jima and it really touched my heart. My own mother’s Uncle Billy had taken part as a pilot of the amphibious landings there. Some of the most ferocious fighting of WWII took place in the Pacific Theater and Iwo Jima specifically. After the heaviest of fighting was over and some of the battle weary warriors were preparing to leave they discovered thousands of crosses marking the fallen dead. There was also a sign that declared:

“When you go home tell them for us and say, For your tomorrows we gave our todays.”

I don’t know how many of you have ever been to the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It is a somber and sobering experience, especially if you stay long enough for the changing of the guard. In that tomb lays the body of someone’s child who died alone on a distant battlefield. They were scared and without the love and comfort of family…their family never even had the comfort of giving that loved child a proper burial. That Unknown Soldier gave his todays for our tomorrows…

There are many things wrong, out of whack and topsy turvy in our country right now. Not the least of which is the fact that a mosque can be built within a breath’s distance from Ground Zero in New York City. There were almost 3,000 souls vaporized into eternity on 9/11 by people representing the religion of the mosques of this world. That is a lot of innocent people who lost their “tomorrows”…

Out of humanity and respect they could find a more appropriate place….there are already thousands of mosques in the US. Why at Ground Zero? I would suggest they could build their mosque there when Christians and Jews are allowed to build churches and synagogues in Mecca, Medina and any other Islamic cities and allowed to worship freely. And, just when do you think this would happen? It would be a really, really freezing cold day in July I’m afraid…and ice skating in Hades…

But, there is one thing that is just wrong in this country that could be made right with a simple gesture of respect.

“Mr. President, don’t you think you could stop by on your way to your party with Paul McCartney to lay a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier? After all, you’re partying with Paul because that soldier gave his tomorrows for your todays…

© 2010 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.

3 thoughts on “For Your Tomorrows We Gave Our Todays, by Beverly Hicks Burch”

  1. Great article, babe. I saw the same clip of the Iwo Jima report. Hard to swallow, about the father (general) who searched for his son (colonel) on the other side of the island…and didn’t recognize him when he found him. Gripping !

    Your uncle Lee (my brother) has a brother-in-law that was in the 16th wave that landed on Iwo…and only two or three of that wave survived. His name: Keith Patterson.

    Only God knows what those men went through.



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