MESSAGE TO THE HBO WAR FANDOM IN HONOR AND COMMEMORATION OF THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN EUROPE AND THE GREAT VICTORY OVER FASCISM AND THE 104TH ANNIVERSARY OF NAVAL AVIATION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Ladies and gentlemen, veterans of the Second World War of 1939-1945, veterans of naval aviation of the United States of America, immediate families, relatives, children and grandchildren of the veterans and fallen of the Second World War and of all who served in the naval air services of the United States, and all the people of the free world, especially to those serving in uniform as part of the uniformed services from all the combatant Allied countries today,
It has been exactly 70 years since the signing in Berlin of the documents declaring the official closing of hostilities of the Second World War in the European continent by representatives of the Allied nations and the Axis powers, respectively. And these documents heralded the end of 5 years, 8 months and 8 days of the conflict that forever changed the face of not just Europe and North Africa but also of the whole world (the war actually began in China in 1937 due to the Japanese invasion of the rest of the country sans Manchuria, which was a Japanese imperial territory administered from 1931 under local leadership, and the conflict in the Pacific which officially commenced in 1941 would only end in 3 and a half months) that cost the deaths and injuries of so many civilians (including Jews and those from other religions during the Holocaust and all those who lost their lives in the Nazi concentration camps and similar camps operated by the Soviet Union), military and uniformed service personnel, and partisans in support of the Allies in the Axis occupied areas of Europe, a continent that from 1914 to 1918 was earlier devastated by the actions of the First World War and that during those years felt yet again the pain of warfare. These documents were signed at the late night hours of that day by officers representing the Wehrmacht High Command and the victorious Allied armies thus officially securing the end of the conflict in Europe and North Africa and ensuring the surrender of all remaining active Axis forces in those areas, with the official news of the surrender conference being broadcast on radio to the whole world, including, on the early morning of May 9, the Soviet Union, at the same time as the final great Allied offensive was going on in Prague, with a joint Soviet-Czechoslovak force with assistance by several personnel of the United States Army and local partisan organizations was repulsing the final signs of Axis resistance in the Czechoslovak capital. The news of the end of the war in Europe was a cause of joy and celebration indeed in almost every part of the world.
This very day, 70 years on, is the very day that with remembrance, heartfelt gratitude and commemoration the whole world rejoices in the victory won against the forces of fascism and imperialism of Germany and Italy in Europe and North Africa, the very victory that was caused not just by the lives that were lost, but also through the courage and determination of those who fought even till their death to defend our freedom and liberty, as well as the hard work of the civilian workforce and those who helped the uniformed services in the performance of their duties. While Victory Day falls tomorrow for those in the former countries of the Soviet Union (except for the Baltic countries) and in Israel, Serbia, Poland, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania, most countries of the European Union, USA and Canada celebrate the holiday today with much fervor and celebration. Out of respect and gratitude for the liberty they fought so hard during those 5 years and 8 months of global conflict, and in memory of those who perished during the conflict as well as of those veterans who survived the war and have been deceased in recent years, we thank all our Allied veterans, either in the uniformed military, paramilitary, public security and civil defense forces or in the civilian sectors, and the veterans of the resistance movement in Axis occupied areas that just for the service they rendered with honor and dignity, but also for the victory they helped to win in much of Europe and the Mediterranean. Their stories of bravery, courage and determination to win the victory are the memories we honor today through books, films, television and other forms of media and art. In this 70th year since the victory was won over the forces of fascism, through these forms we remember the great heroes and brave units that distinguished themselves during the course of the conflict, including the servicemen from Easy Company of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regt., 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, XVII Airborne Corps, United States Army, dubbed today as the “Band of Brothers” after the book about them by the late Stephen Ambrose, the vanguard unit of the airborne forces of the United States Army in the campaigns in Normandy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Southern Germany. With profound remembrance, we remember today the memory of these millions of men and women who in any way possible fought during those years against the forces of fascism and imperialism and against those who were ready to bring the world in line to the evil ideologies of the Axis powers, risking their lives and their futures to break the chains of hardship that resulted in the suffering of the peoples of Europe and North Africa, and thus, thru their efforts brought forth a world and a brighter tomorrow truly worth defending for future generations to come. May we never ever forget the services they rendered and the lives they lived for their countries and for the victory over the forces of fascism!
Today, May 8, also marks 104 great years of naval aviation in the United States of America. After years of experimentation, and a successful flight in the fall of 1910 by no less by the “father of United States naval aviation”, Commander George Washington Chambers, and the test flights conducted later in San Diego that made the United States Navy ready to form its own air arm, followed by the opening of the first flight training center there in January of 1911, it was on that day that the US Navy ordered from George Curtis’s company 2 training biplanes for use in the San Diego training airfield, and thus US naval aviation began its long journey. And indeed, it has come a long way to where it is today. With more than a century of service, US naval aviators fought with distinction in both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf Wars, Iraq and Afghanistan, and for many occasions, flew high the flag of the nation in many other operations and engagements.
In this present time, the naval air arms of the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard and all naval aviators, flight officers and aircrews who are part of it are ready to stand up and fulfill their duty to the nation in helping defend the nation’s airspace and maritime waters, and above all, help defend national independence and territorial integrity. 114 years since its inception, as one of the oldest naval air services of the world, today, just like Maverick and his fellow naval aviators 29 years ago these Top Guns are ready and prepared to be above the rest, and to be up there with the best of the best, ready to fly and to strike when ready for their country, people and home.
Today, as we celebrate these double anniversaries, we extend our holiday greetings to all our Allied war veterans of the war in Europe, all the active, reserve and retired servicemen and women of the uniformed military, public security and civil defense services of all the combatant Allied countries, and all active and reserve personnel and veterans of United States naval aviation. We send our greetings and warmest thanks to all of you on this very day that we celebrate both the Victory in Europe and the official birthday of United States naval aviation. Today, we are proud to honor and to thank all who served in the Second World War as part of the European Theater of Operations and to all naval aviators, flight officers, flight crews and air crews who served and are now serving in the United States Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, for their determination and courage to win the freedom we enjoy today and for always being prepared at all time to defend the blue clear skies of freedom and most of all, being up there, with the best of the best!
And as the men of Easy will always say: WE STAND ALONE TOGETHER!
ETERNAL GLORY TO THE FALLEN AND THE HEROES AND VETERANS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN EUROPE FROM 1939-1945!
ETERNAL GLORY TO ALL THOSE WHO GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR THE FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE OF OUR WORLD AGAINST FASCISM, NAZISM AND IMPERIALISM IN THE FIELDS OF BATTLE, THE CONCENTRATION CAMPS, AND IN THE HOME FRONT!
LONG LIVE THE VICTORIOUS ALLIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN EUROPE!
LONG LIVE THE EVER-VICTORIOUS PEOPLE OF THE FREE WORLD AND ALL OUR SERVING ACTIVE AND RESERVE SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN AND VETERANS OF THE ARMED SERVICES OF ALL THE COMBATANT ALLIED COUNTRIES THAT HELPED WIN THIS GREAT WAR AGAINST FASCISM AND NAZISM, AS WELL AS ALL OUR ACTIVE AND RESERVE SERVICE PERSONNEL, CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES AND VETERANS OF THE POLICE, FIREFIGHTING, FORESTRY, BORDER CONTROL, CUSTOMS AND RESCUE SERVICES!
GLORY TO THE HEROES, FALLEN AND VETERANS OF UNITED STATES NAVAL AVIATION AND TO THE GLORIOUS ACHIEVEMENTS IT MADE TO THE NATION IT HAS ALWAYS SWORN TO DEFEND!
LONG LIVE THE ACTIVE AND RESERVE SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN AND VETERANS OF THE NAVAL AVIATION SERVICES OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS AND THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD!
LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS 70TH JUBILLEE ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN EUROPE AND NORTHERN AFRICA AND THE GREAT VICTORY OVER THE FORCES OF FASCISM!
LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS 114TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FORMATION OF NAVAL AVIATION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
And to the entire HBO War Fandom, especially the fans of Band of Brothers, who will celebrate for all time this day of victory over Nazi Germany:
LONG LIVE EASY COMPANY, 2ND BATTALION, 506TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT, 4TH BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM AND NOW 3RD BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM, 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION (AIR ASSAULT), XVIII AIRBORNE CORPS, UNITED STATES ARMY… THE “BAND OF BROTHERS”!
CURRAHEE! AIR ASSAULT! ARMY STRONG!
A HAPPY VICTORY IN EUROPE DAY AND HAPPY 104TH BIRTHDAY TO NAVAL AVIATION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!
0855H, May 8, 2015, the 239th year of the United States of America, the 240th of the United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps, the 121th of the International Olympic Committee, the 70th of the victory in the Battle of the Bulge, the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and of the great victories in Europe and the Pacific, the 68th of the United States Armed Forces and the 104th of naval aviation in the United States of America.
JOHN EMMANUEL C. RAMOS
Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Grandson of Philippine Navy veteran PO2 Paterno Cueno, PN (Ret.)
(Requiem for a Soldier) (Slavsya from Mikhail Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar)
(Victory Day by Lev Leshenko) (Top Gun Anthem)
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