Friday, November 11, 2016

Thinking About Grandpa Rocky Today...

I always think of my grandfather Rocky on Remembrance Day. He was about seventeen when he signed up to head to Europe to fight for our country.. Yes, mom said that he lied to get in. At least he was one of the lucky ones. He actually came home. Unfortunately, he went through hell and was placed in a hospital in London, England suffering from Shell Shock.

In Nanny and Grandpa's living room there was a portrait of Nanny's mother and a portrait of Grandpa. Just by looking at his eyes, you could see that something wasn't quite right. Apparently the haunted look in his eyes never went away. I asked mom about it once but she didn't know any more than I did about what he went through over there. "He just wouldn't talk about it," she said. All she knew is that he spent time in a German work camp and that he was re-captured after trying to escape. As for Shell Shock... I really didn't know what it was until I looked it up on You Tube... I can't even describe what it did to those poor boys... and yes, they were boys! Wearing a simple poppy doesn't seem enough to say thank you so I decided to feature some quotes about World War One...

Quotes To Honor Our Soldiers 

European nations began World War 1 with a glamourous vision of war, only to be psychologically shattered by the realities of the trenches. The experience changed the way people referred to the glamour of battle; they treated it no longer as a positive quality but as a dangerous illusion.
Virginia Postrel

“I wonder if they were aware of the power of complimentary alcohol during World War I.”
― Pawan Mishra

“Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.”
Otto von Bismarck, German statesman

"Shell shock was generally seen as a sign of emotional weakness or cowardice." Inside Out...  

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”
 Jose Narosky quotes

European nations began World War I with a glamorous vision of war, only to be psychologically shattered by the realities of the trenches. The experience changed the way people referred to the glamour of battle; they treated it no longer as a positive quality but as a dangerous illusion. Virginia Postrel
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