死到沙場是善終 - 古德明

蘋果日報 2009/12/20 00:00


On6June1944(D-Day),AlliedforcesunderthecommandofUSGeneralDwightEisenhowerinvadednorthernFrancebymeansofbeachlandingsinNormandy.ABritishCoastguardman,afterseeingthelargestinvasionfleetinhistory,wenthometohiswifeandsaid,"Alotofmenaregoingtodietonight.Wemustprayforthem."Hewasright.AttheendofD-Dayitself,thelandingbeacheswerestrewnwithdeadandwoundedsoldiers.
Onthe20thanniversaryofD-Day,GeneralEisenhowersaidwhenhevisitedoneofthemanygravesinNormandy:"WhenIlookatallofthesegraves,IthinkofthefolksbackintheStateswhoseonlysonisburiedhere.Becauseoftheirsacrifice,theydon'thavethepleasureofgrandchildren.Becauseoftheirsacrifice,mygrandchildrenarelivinginfreedom."
一九四四年六月六日(進攻開始日),盟軍在美國德懷特.艾森豪將軍指揮下,登陸諾曼第海濱,進攻法國北方。英國一位海岸巡邏隊員看見這支歷史上最龐大的進攻艦隊,回家告訴妻子說:「今晚會有很多人死亡。我們為這些人祈禱吧。」他說得對。單是六月六日那天結束時,盟軍登陸的海濱就滿布死傷士兵。
進攻開始日二十週年紀念那天,艾森豪將軍來到墳墓壘壘的諾曼第,在一個墳前說:「我望着這許多墳墓,就想到美國不少人的獨生子埋骨此地。這犧牲的結果,是他們失去了含飴弄孫之樂,是我的兒孫今天得享自由。」