Temples of Freedom and Honour (a September 11th remembrance)

These cruel, wanton, indiscriminate bombings of London are, of course, a part of Hitler’s invasion plans.  He hopes by killing large numbers of civilians and women and children that he will terrorize and cow the people of this mighty imperial city, and make them a burden and anxiety to the government and thus distract our attention unduly from the ferocious onslaught he is preparing.

Little does he know the spirit of the British nation or the tough fiber of the Londoners, whose forebears played a leading part in the establishment of parliamentary institutions and who have been bred to value freedom far above their lives.

This wicked man, the repository and embodiment of many forms of soul-destroying hatreds, this monstrous product of former wrongs and shames has now resolved to try to break our famous island race by a process of indiscriminate slaughter and destruction.

What he has done is to kindle a fire in British hearts here and all over the world which will glow long after all traces of the conflagrations he has caused in London have been removed.

He has lighted a fire which will burn with a steady and consuming flame until the last vestiges of Nazi tyranny have been burned out of Europe and until the Old World and the New can join hands to rebuild the temples of man’s freedom and man’s honor upon foundations which will not soon or easily be overthrown.

— Winston Churchill (September 11, 1940)

I’ll never forget.  I was so glad to have been able to speak with my future wife, even though we were in different cities.  I had to go to my brother’s place, just to see the kids and play with them.

Forever remembrance to those who were lost, and condolences always to the loved ones left behind.

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