Understanding Sacrifice, Day 2

Wednesday, July 15 – Cambridge


Understanding Sacrifice: An ABMC Education Project. 

Alan Birkemeier

Central Middle School

Columbus, Indiana

Ah, beautiful Cambridge, the education hub of Southeastern England.  Home to scholars and soldiers alike.  All of of whom have left their mark during their time here. One of our stops today in Cambridge was a pub called The Eagle.  It is the pub where Watson and Crick first publically announced that they had cracked the structure of DNA in 1962.  An event that would mark a turning point in our understanding of biology, 20 years earlier, American and British flyers were burning their names or the names of their units into the ceiling above the very same pub.

I stood there and looked at the names charred into the ceiling wondering about them. Many of these men had to know they were not coming back.  Yet they still did their duty.  They still wanted to leave their mark on the world.  They probably did not know that they were leaving their mark with the bravery they showed.  They were marking the lives they of those they saved and of the countries they preserved.

CambridgeCemeteryIMG_8681These men and thousands of other servicemen like them should be remembered.  Tomorrow, here in Cambridge, we get to see the first of the ABMC cemeteries.  It is becoming clearer and clearer to me that this is how we remember their lives and honor their sacrifices.

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