Poetry at the Post: November 11, 2015—Give Me Peace on Earth

November 11, 2015
In memory of all who have suffered and died in war~

Attack
BY SIEGFRIED SASSOON

Men jostle and climb to, meet the bristling fire.
Lines of grey, muttering faces, masked with fear

Alvin Thomas Knost
Alvin Thomas Knost

This is a photo of my dad, Alvin (“Al”) Thomas Knost  sometime around 1972.

Al served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II. Three days after the D Day invasion, his unit was sent from England to Normandy Beach to pick up all the dead and wounded. They continued to follow the troops as they marched through France and into Germany where they encountered the survivors of the Holocaust.

After the war ended, dad returned to the states and resumed his life. He married, apprenticed to become a plumber and had three daughters. Dad died in 1985. While he was live he rarely spoke about his personal experiences in the war but the few times he did, he cried.

Give me love, give me peace on earth…no one says it better than George Harrison:

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