War and honour

Julie 29, 2010 in Sonder kategorie


When I walk through our dining room, my eyes are always gripped by these two pieces of honour. My grandfather, who died long before my birth, was honoured with 3 medals and three stars for services rendered during World War 2.  My great grandfather, from whom I received my first name, was honoured with two medals and one star for his participation in one of the most gruesome wars in history – the Anglo Boer War.


I feel honoured to be the blood descendant of these two brave men. The famous American general Douglas MacArthur once said: “It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.” These men had the guts and will to win, and they were honoured accordingly. From a war perspective, it is largely bravery that is rewarded and men are honoured with medals, stars and other decorations.


American president Ulysses S Grant coined a brilliant piece of wisdom: “The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving.”  Only brave men pass this test and are eventually honoured.


The Spanish dramatist J Benavente gives us another dimension of war, bravery and honour: “You meet the warrior when in battle, but it is not until victory that you meet the gentleman.”  What does this tell us? Let us fight and be gentlemen after the war. The basic principle is easy: the more intense the bravery, the higher the honour that is awarded. I guess the Victoria Cross, one of the highest rewards in military history, was not always rewarded to gentlemen, but to brave men.


I would like to conclude with the words of General George S. Patton: “The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.”


4 antwoorde op War and honour

  1. Dis vir my interessant dat daar voorsate in beide oorloë was.
    My pa het nie lugmag toe gegaan soos hy graag wou, omdat dit tydens W W II was en sy pa nog te kwaad vir die Engelse was. Oupa was ‘n kryger in ABO

  2. louisna het gesê op Julie 29, 2010

    Baie dankie. Thanks vir die kuiertjie

  3. louisna het gesê op Julie 29, 2010

    So waar.

  4. louisna het gesê op Julie 29, 2010

    ABO sal die gou vergeet word nie.

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