Thursday, May 26, 2011

Some Things Need To Be Remembered-Lest We Forget

That this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever. Joshua 4:6-7

On a long trip through Georgia, we stopped just south of Macon to visit Robbins Air Force Base Museum of Aviation. It was founded by one of the original members of the Flying Tigers of 1941, Robert Scott. He later wrote a book, "God is My Co-Pilot".

(Peter's favorite group- The Flying Tigers!)

As we walked through and viewed all the different cool planes and displays, Peter and his Dad were excitedly talking up history, like there was no tomorrow. They would make great guides! If they lived closer, they’d definitely be volunteers at the place!

(One of the displays - WWII Pilots getting their flight schedules)

(The Douglas C-124 GlobemasterII - Can you find me in the picture above?)

Peter’s dad, at age 18, was an Air Force crew member on a Douglas C-124 Globemaster II, during the Korean War. This was a huge military air transporter! The sight of it brought up many memories for him.
As we stood in front of this massive plane, Dad shared what his job was and then mentioned, for the first time, that much of the cargo was the remains of the fallen soldiers from the conflict. It was a sobering thought.

Because we took the time to visit, I gained a greater sense of pride, respect and adoration for my father-in-law, my country and the men and women who serve, then and now, in the armed forces. That’s what memorials are for. Without them, we would soon forget.