When 97 year old, Ken Sturdy attended the movie, Dunkirk he felt taken back in time to the battle he had survived at, Dunkirk almost 80 years ago. Ken lives in Calgary, Canada, and when he was noticed wearing his World War II medals he attracted the attention and respect of fellow movie goers. Many of us were brought to tears as we recognized through the movie and Ken the priceless and great service our veterans bravely carried out so all of us could remain free and not live under tyranny.
“I was in those little boats picking them out of the water,” he said. “I had the privilege of seeing that film tonight but I’m saddened by it, because of what happened on that beach. “Tonight I cried because it’s never the end, it will happen again. We are as a human species are so intelligent, with these astonishing things. We can fly to the moon, but we still do stupid things.”-Ken Sturdy
The movie illustrates the nine day, hellish battle that happened in, France in 1940 between, Germany and the Allied Forces. Watching the incredibly difficult and heroic rescue in the movie gives viewers a real feel for the profoundly heartbreaking, and horrible lessons war brings to all who endure it. It makes the wisdom in Ken’s quote really hit home when we sadly realize, we really haven’t learned our lesson as a society. War hurts us all and the future generations. Look at all the fighting that is going on today. Some people actually manage to benefit from those conflicts, but most people end up hurt by them. We need to learn the lessons from our past mistakes, examine our history, commit to peace and change, then and only then, we as a world will do better, otherwise we will beyond a shadow of a doubt just keep on repeating them.
Please join our prayer: Holy God please have mercy on us sinners. Help us to do Your will, to love You, and our neighbor, and to live in peace with one another. May democracy flourish, keep us free from all tyranny, war, and oppression we humbly pray. In Jesus Name Amen.