A coder's home for Marc "Foddex" Oude Kotte, who used to be located in Enschede, The Netherlands, but now in Stockholm, Sweden!
Originally posted at Wed 03-08-2005 23:25:52
, in the personal category.
Over the past few months people have been complaining they wanted other news than a list of speeding tickets
So I'll write a little different news item this time.
Two weeks ago (Sat July 23rd - Tue July 26th) I've been to Normandy for a short vacation. Went there with a friend (and Khaeon colleague, Paul), to check
out the various World War II sites (we originally had planned a holiday for two weeks mid-August, but since work is so extremely
demanding, we decided to go only four days).
I was quite impressed with everything I've seen. What follows may sound extremely cheesy, but I really mean what I write and it really did
make me rethink certain stuff going on in my life. I've been taking things for granted that I shouldn't. Standing on Omaha beach, realizing that right there
on that spot 61 years ago, a bunch of poor dudes had to run up a beach in a country they never saw before, to defeat an enemy they never fought before,
sacrificing their lives for your and my freedom... really made me aware of the luxuries that I have: freedom and peace. Sure, there are still a lot
of wars going on, but my part of Europe has been war-free for decades. I've never been in a war. I've never had to kill another human being.
Ofcourse I've read a lot about WWII, and watched tons of documentaries and movies about the war, but it came really close to me in Normandy. I wouldn't
say going there was a life-changing event, but more than ever I realized the debts we owe to the brave souls who fought for our freedom
in WWII. I just want to convey my respect and gratitude.
Additionally, we've visited a German cemetery, which was impressive as well. In war suffering occurs on both sides. The various \"Zwei Deutchse Soldaten\"
marked graves depict this in a way that doesn't need further explanation.
Take a look at the photos
I took there.