Churchill’s WWII Quotes Still Ring True

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 15, 2012

In 1940, this week, Europe was afire as Hitler’s army rampaged across Belgium, Norway and France. I have been following the Twitter posts of RealTimeWWII with great interest for months as the daily chronicles of the war are reported.
In time for our own Memorial Day observance, two sobering quotes were added over the weekend uttered by newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill as the British forces had their backs to the sea in France and German troops were pushing them off the continent.
British Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax had urged Churchill to plea for peace before the full fury of the German Luftwaffe was unleashed over London skies.
Churchill replied, “Nations that go down fighting rise again, but those who surrender tamely are finished.”
He added, “If our long island story is to end, let it be only when we lie choking in our own blood.”
There was nothing politically correct about Churchill.

First Wobbly Steps
Soon Turn Into a Run

We may have missed her first 500 steps, but we caught 501-1,000 over the Memorial Day weekend.
She must be running by now, quickly converting from a crawler to a biped. Granddaughter Chloe Mary, 11 months, is a girl on the go.
Before our eyes, she gained confidence and poise. When we arrived, she could take a few steps before sitting. Two days later, she could make it most of the way across the floor.
We would all still be crawling if floors weren’t so hard on the knees. Walking is a great luxury. Except at first, it’s faster. It’s also further to fall, but the urge to stand and run has always excited mankind.
At this pace, Chloe Mary may run marathons soon.

She Married Herself?

Further proof that the world is going crazy … a 36-year-old North Dakota woman has married herself. She exchanged rings with her “inner groom” in front of family and friends. Once married not-so-successfully to a man, she has now married herself.
“I was waiting for someone to come along and make me happy,” she told a reporter. “At some point, a friend said, ‘Why do you need someone to marry you to be happy? Marry yourself.’”
There was a time when crazy people kept quiet about their …