There is an old poem attributed to Francis Quarles an English poet in 1632, about the plight of the military man. It goes:
Our God and soldier we alike adore.
Even at the brink of danger; not before;
After deliverance, both alike requited.
Our God’s forgotten, and our soldiers slighted.
But that is not the case. Missing men, listed as missing in action and prisoners of war are never, ever forgotten. Our countries look for and are always searching for news, information, and remains of those men (and women) lost on foreign soil. Our countries continue to look for us, do research, and even DNA testing on remains to figure out how and to whom they should be repatriated.
Case in point: On Friday researchers announced the recovery of five British Airmen who crashed in Germany in WWII, 69 years ago during a bombing run on a weapons factory in German occupied Czechoslovakia. These men will finally be returned home to rest in peace, the way the ought to be. The sacrifices made by so few for so many over the centuries, for God and country, for Freedom and Liberty ought not to be slighted by a fickle public.
Uwe Benkel, a health insurance clerk, who moonlight, moonlights people, as a military researcher helped to recover the remains of the men. He is credited with helping to recover more than a hundred planes, and this man is an amateur!! He said of the recovered airmen, “It doesn’t make a difference if they are German or British, they were young men who fought and died for their country for which they deserve a proper burial in a cemetery.”
I don’t really know that I could have said it better. And yes, I know this doesn’t have to do with American men and women, but is it really that much different? I don’t think so. Patriotism may run deep, but we were all fighting for the same thing on the allied front during the war.