My Thoughts on Soldiers and the Gods

M G Singh By M G Singh, 18th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3ddq6h5o/
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Soldiering is a profession that few appreciate, but people must know that soldiers are gods own troopers and what they do is for the good of the men left behind. Death is the great leveller.

Soldiers and the Cemetary

There is a military cemetery at Imphal in eastern India where hundreds of soldiers were laid to rest. They were the men who fell in battle at this hilly place while fighting the Japanese Imperial Army. To stand there in the evening dusk, one can wonder about the campaign they had died for. Similarly there are war cemeteries all over the world from the cemetery at Coriano Ridge in Italy to Singapore.

A look at the cemetery will tell you nothing as the rows of white crosses will stretch away into the shadows, each with a unit crest or name. There may also be an inscription which could be chosen by someone who knew the man that lies in that grave. The cemeteries all over the world of world war soldiers who died fighting are very well preserved. But is that any solace to the men who died?

We must remember that these men died while trying to do their best and did not live to see or learn whether they were on the winning side or not. A look at the neat graves among the flowers will perhaps bring before you a grave of a soldier with no name or the words 'a soldier of the second world war, known to God'. These are the Unknown Soldiers who died in doing their duty and we can spare a poignant thought for them.

A question that does come to ones mind is 'why did they die?' The cynic may say that they died for that was their lot, so that others may live. Such a statement is not only foolish but without the element of truth. Death on the battlefield is the highest honor for a soldier and it is important we revere his memory and look after the relatives he left behind.

The cemeteries point to the one common fact for both the opponent and his enemy that death is the great leveler. The second great leveler is that the men who died would never know that what they fought for was achieved. Do the men who lie in the cemetery at Coriono Ridge know that the campaign for which they died was a failure or the men who died in the siege at Imphal by the Japanese know that the siege was lifted and the Imperial Army pushed back?

Perhaps not, for the end all of a soldier's life in war is the cemetery or the cremation ground, but we who are alive can appreciate that soldiering is a profession that must be held in the highest esteem. Perhaps all soldiers who die in action will end up with the Gods. Let us pray for them.

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Cemetary And Soldiers, Sodliers, Soldiers And Glory

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A man who spent his early years in Air Force. An avid writer with over 6000 articles and 60 short stories published.Two novels on the anvil for publication.

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
18th Jan 2015 (#)

excellent post Madan.Soldiers play a very important duty.My respect to all soldiers that face the battlefield in the past present and future.

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author avatar M G Singh
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Nice comment Randhir

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author avatar viewgreen
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Sure, we should pray for them. Thank you for sharing this awesome article. :)

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author avatar M G Singh
19th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you viewgreen

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