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Ron/PA    Posted 03-03-2005 at 07:17:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I really got torked off when reading your post. That doesn't normally happen but this one got to me.
When I was a kid, my grandmother had a beautiful blue cookie jar, adorned with a cobalt blue swastika. As I got older I questioned her about that swastika and what I learned in school, she sat me down and explained some history of that symbol. Grandma was a school teacher so it got wayyyy longer than I wanted at the time. LOL
This jar was from the mid 1800's and was from Switzerland, she kept a few pages on the history of the swastika in the jar, much like this link. But she always told us, that when we looked at that jar, remember the terrible evil things that were done under that sign, and always let it remind us of "that" part of it's history as well, so maybe it would never be repeated. She also told us to learn the previous meaning of the sign. I DID!
A japanese flag has a place of prominence in our homestead, a japanese 6.5 sniper rifle stands in the gun cabinet. Items brought home by my father from the war of your era.
You've done no wrong my friend, you have in fact performed a service. It's unusual to hear teachers teaching the factual side of that war today. I'm glad you were able to expose these kids to someone that lived through that terrible time.
As a kid, I spent many an hour, killing japanese and nazi's hiding in our barn and behind the manure pile in the barnyard, my older brothers had alread shot all the indians. It was a different time, maybe a different world, right or wrong.
I'm truly sorry that you had to suffer this indignation at the hands of a fool, the age of your grandchildren. He's a fool because he doesn't understand the importance of learning the mistakes of the past, so they may be avoided in the future. He's a jerk for what he did, and how he did it.
I wish I lived near you, and could help.
Most of all, thank you for your service to our country, and for your continued remembrance of our past struggles.

toolman    Posted 03-03-2005 at 11:46:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
well said ron , and i too wished i was closer and could help, i hope he doesn,t let this punk ruin the good that he,s doing.

Zenia    Posted 03-03-2005 at 10:50:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Beautifully said.

tanklord    Posted 03-03-2005 at 09:27:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Before American involvement in WWII, the 45th Infantry Division- Oklahoma- had as its shoulder patch a swazstika. It was used because it was considered a good luck symbol by the indians of that area. After Dec.7, 1941, it was changed to the indian representation of a thunderbird- a little trivia for you guys.

Old Coot- I salute you as a fellow soldier and as a proud veteran.

mark    Posted 03-03-2005 at 07:38:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kind of like the Stars and Bars. What it
originally stood for compared to what it's used
to symbolize today are two different things.

It was first the symbol of states rights and
southern independance not neo nazis and
skinheads. Just look at the reactions to that
symbol today because people associate it
with what they see now.

~Lenore    Posted 03-03-2005 at 08:26:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sort of like the word GAY.
It used to mean happy, cheerful and rejoicing;
not a homos*xual person living in an "alternative" lifestyle.

HOGMAN    Posted 03-03-2005 at 09:40:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
From another "OLD COOT"... that dude should be introduced to the scrotal suspension system for a Week or three. IMSO

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