Memorial Day Reflection

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Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving our country, the United States of America.

And although I grew up in Russia, came to US at 18 and now am a naturalized citizen, Memorial Day became a very important day for me to remember, reflect and be grateful.

My grandparents fought in World War II against nazis. They were Russians, but they fought not just for Russia, they fought for the humanity, like fallen men and women fighting for US do, giving their lives to save lives of others.

It would be fair to say that if my grandfathers did not fight to defeat nazis, I may have not been born. I am from St. Petersburg and all four of my grandparents are from there, both of my grandmothers lived, worked thought and survived the 872 days long Siege of Leningrad – “the longest and most destructive sieges in history and overwhelmingly the most costly in terms of casualties”.

My maternal grandfather Vasiliy, was serving in an Armored division, burned in a tank, survived that as well as numerous wounds. He was awarded three medals for Bravery, came back from war, married my grandmother Alexandra, or Sasha how everyone called her, (our  youngest was named after her) and so my mom was born in 1947, two years after the World War II ended.

I do not know much, or enough about my grandparents’ lives back then, I wish I did. Now they are gone, I am older and am absolutely amazed and deeply moved at what they did! What today solders fighting for US are doing for their country.

….no words, just deep and profound Gratitude.

 

 

Image source: http://nicoleroberson.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/memorial-day/

 

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  • bearspawprint
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    I am glad your grandparents survived. I, like your parents, am a baby-boomer. 1949 . My father was an American navigator on the bombers flying out of Britton. Obviously my parents survived. But looking around, I do not think WWII will ever truly end.

    • Elena
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      Hello Bear 🙂 thank you for visiting my blog. It is indeed discouraging to look around sometimes, as we are it seems always in one war or another 🙁

      • bearspawprint
        Reply

        Somehow it mostly seems to be more of the same war. Even WWII wasn’t a new war. Perhaps there will always be conflict and opposition. Yin/Yang. Good/Bad. Does seem we people could work it out somehow, though. And make Peace last for more than one generation in most areas.

        • Elena
          Reply

          “I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”
          ~Abraham Lincoln
          🙂

          • bearspawprint

            Good reply!! thank you.

          • Elena

            LOL. I love quotes. not an easy task though to make friends of our enemies.

  • Rio
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    Hi Elena!
    I am a veteran. Regretfully right now our troops are not dying for their country; they are dying for a few people who are ultra rich, powerful and immoral.
    Check this post for details: http://rioguzman.com/2012/05/25/memorial-day-remembering-the-fallen/
    Spread the word. The life you save may be your own, or your kids.

    • Elena
      Reply

      Hi Rio, another post of yours that I found in a spam folder?! have no idea why! but glad to have found it 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing will now check it out! Elena

  • gingeralicia88
    Reply

    My Grandad on my Dad’s side was in the British army in the Second World War, he fought in Germany and he was also in the Netherlands at some point during the war, which is where I live now. He passed away about ten years ago, but he used to always tell me stories about the war, I was small so I don’t really remember them now. My Dad retells one of the very heroic one every now and again. I don’t know about my Mum’s Dad, as my grandparents on that side of the family had died before I was born. I’d like to find out though. It’s actually really interesting and your post has inspired me to learn more about my family history. 🙂

    • Elena
      Reply

      Hi Alicia! Thank you so much for stopping by! I also have been inspired to learn more about my grandparents. Spend an hour on the phone with my mom yesterday as my own post inspired me too LOL.

  • worldpeacenik
    Reply

    Thank you for sharing your family’s story.

    • Elena
      Reply

      And thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog 🙂

  • advocatemmmohan
    Reply

    thank u for sharing – I am happy to see you from the family of world war II soldiers – a great history
    permit me , I too pray for them – may god rest their souls in great peace.
    with regards
    advocatemmmohan

    • Elena
      Reply

      advocatemmmohan, thank you very much for the kind words! All the best to you and yours! Elena

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