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September 1, 1939 to September 2, 1945


World War 2 Finally Over

Time to celebrate

Where men and woman from all over the world can come together

It is so important that we remember

The sacrifices everyone gave

To keep all people safe

So many lives lost

Everyone today owes a great gratitude

To all branches of armed forces

For protecting our way of life

My parents lived through the war

My father joined the Navy during the war

Two of my uncles where captured during the war

Both returned home

My father never wanted to talk about the war

He tried to put it behind him

My uncles where never the same

How could they move on ?

They had seen too much

Their friends and family lost

Now 75 years later

I have no stories to pass down

Only history books to get an idea

Not many veterans left

It is almost impossible to imagine

What every day was like

Fighting a war we had to win

It could of turned out so different

If my father never came home

I would of never been born

This simple poem would never exist


DREAM ON (author) on March 06, 2020:

John Hansen Sorry to hear about your dad. My oldest brother joined the Marine Reserves and my other brother joined the Navy. Both were at peacetime. My brother who was in the Navy said they were in a hurricane Camille and it was scary. Thank you so much for giving me more information so I can learn a little more. Have a nice afternoon.

DREAM ON (author) on March 06, 2020:

Brenda Arledge My grandfather was in World War 1 and my mother use to tell us the story he tried to sign up for World War 11. They refused him. They said he was too old. He was so proud of serving his country. i could listen to stories all day. Thank you for sharing and caring. It would be nice if you also wrote about the stories you remember. I think it is something people need to hear. When we are gone unfortunately the stories die with us. My mother said they blacked all the street lights. So if there was an attack it would be harder to see. There was a G.E. plant in Lynn, Mass. not far from Revere, Massachusetts where I grew up. They made engines during the war. There was one sighting of a German U T boat spotted but luckily nothing ever happened. Thank you so much for reading and sharing. The weekend is almost here.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 05, 2020:

No, may dad passed away in 2003. He was a ship’s cook.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 05, 2020:

We are glad you were born.

The war was hard, my grandfather served. I remember some of the stories he told.

Nice write to bring back this story.

DREAM ON (author) on March 05, 2020:

John Hansen My dad passed away in 1991 is your dad still alive? He was a radio technician. My older brother searched to find any records that he could. Thank you for responding. For many people, it was a long time ago and they are busy with things that are happening today. I think the more we know about our past the fewer mistakes we can make in the future. Have a good night.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 05, 2020:

Dream On, yes my father served on an Australian ship called The H.M.A.S. Westralia mainly around New Guinea and the South Pacific and a few other locations. Everything is ok with me thanks.

DREAM ON (author) on March 05, 2020:

Louise Powles I recently asked the teenagers I work with what they know about WW2. I was shocked and deeply hurt by the answers. Many didn't even care. I was never well versed in the events of WW2 either. It made me want to learn more. I knew some of the major events and I too got many of my facts and figures wrong. The good thing it is never too late to learn. Maybe if we talk about it in a roundabout way more people will want to learn more. It seemed when I asked them again what do you mean you don't care? They pushed me away. Which was the total opposite intention? Thank you so much for reading and caring. May your day only turn out brighter and brighter.

DREAM ON (author) on March 05, 2020:

John Hansen There are so many thoughts running through my head. I never joined any branch of military so when I see someone in their uniform or someone who wears a hat or says that they have served. I go out of my way to tell them I appreciate and thank them for their service. Do you know where your father served? My father was on the U.S.S. Fremont. I believe it was a transport ship during the war. Thank you for reading and sharing an important part of history. Four of my wife's uncles served. Four boys from the same family. Uncle Joe was stationed at Pearl Harbor and he lost his hearing in his right ear. It is hard to hear about one of your uncles who lost his life. My father would say the ones who died were the lucky ones. He knew he would always be haunted by the nightmares and sadness he could never forget. My heart sinks when I read about different things that happened. I know it is better to know than not know. So we can make sure this never ever happens again. Today the weather is a lovely 49 degrees. We turn back our clocks on Saturday night for day light savings time. I hope things are well with you.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 05, 2020:

I am glad you wrote this Dream On. We have a lot in common. My father also was in the navy in WW2. I had six uncles also in the armed forces. One was killed when Darwin was bombed by the Japanese. Another suffered PTSD (though it was then called 'shell shocked') and my father never liked to talk about it. As you say we are fortunate that our fathers returned or we wouldn't be here writing now.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on March 05, 2020:

That's a beautifully written poem. I agree, it is very important to remember the sacrifices that people gave.

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