Friday, May 8, 2009

Victory Day

The year is 1945 BT.

(Before Twitter)

You are anxious to hear if the rumors are true.

Without aid of Google, YouTube, Facebook or a BlackBerry, you are forced to fiddle with knobs on a thing called a radio to hear the news for yourself.

Within minutes, you find yourself among crowds of delirious people; running through the streets, dancing with joy, shouting the news.

For the first and only time in your life, you kiss a complete stranger.

Never forgetting how you felt on that 8th day of May.

Later that week, you will head to a movie house and see with your own eyes, that after six long years, the war in Europe is finally over.

As news of the German surrender sinks in, you reflect on how the world was a much different place in May of 1940.

You vividly recall how it was five years ago when Britain was standing alone in the face of a Nazi juggernaut that had overrun much of Europe. And how a newly appointed Prime Minister Winston Churchill stood before a microphone to deliver the words the free world needed to hear.

With the Allied defeat in France and the evacuation of British forces from the wreckage of Dunkirk, words were all Winston had to offer.


The extent of the arsenal of democracy at that moment in time.

In a shrinking, time-compressed planet, increasingly dominated by text messages with less than 140 characters, powerful words can still rock our world.

Lest we forget.

"Words start wars and end them, create love and choke it, bring us to laughter and joy and tears. Words cause men and women to willingly risk their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. Our world, as we know it, revolves on the power of words"

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