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Wishing everyone a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and New Year
703 Capital Ave., SW, Battle Creek, MI 49015 • 269-962-5191 • IN MEMORY OF OUR FOUNDER, RICHARD A. HENRY – 1926-2015
Imagine it’s 1914. The Great War, World War I, is months old. Europe is
in turmoil and the United States is still years away from entering the war. You’re a young British soldier who has been sent to the Western Front to fight against the Germans. You’re scared and rightfully
so. This war is different than wars of the past. Recently developed machine guns are heavily deployed across the Western Front inflicting unprecedented losses on each side of the battlefield. Chemical weapons designed to kill and maim are being deployed by both sides on a large scale for the first time. To combat the
use of chemical weapons and defend themselves against machine gun fire, both sides dig trenches to protect themselves and fight in. These trenches are wrought with diseases like typhoid, dysentery, and cholera. You’re weary from the conditions and the cold.
It’s Christmas morning and a pensive haze has come over you as you think about being away from your family on Christmas. Slowly, from a German trench across the battlefield, a figure rises. He begins to cautiously walk towards your trench. He holds his open hands at shoul- der height and clearly has no weapons. You ask yourself if this is a trick. The German soldier calls out. You strain to hear him, but can vaguely hear him say, “Merry Christmas,” with a heavy accent. Almost simultaneously, soldiers from both sides slowly rise from their
trenches. They apprehensively begin to walk into the no-man’s land between the two trenches.
It Christmas Day of 1914. Surrounded by artillery pitting
and spent shell casings, on this day British and German soldiers, ene- mies, will celebrate Christmas togeth- er. It is said that this was a testimony for the desire for peace.
While not widespread on Christmas Day of 1914, these scenes actually unfolded in isolated places along the front. These spontaneous ceasefires to celebrate together serve as an enduring testimony for the desire of peace among people. If embattled men are able to come together in the most difficult of circum- stances, how much easier should it be for us to spread peace amongst one another? Consider that as you go about this holiday season. As always, consider the men and women who have served to protect the freedoms that we so often take for grant- ed during this holiday season and reach out to those that are in need.
If you have any questions regarding benefits for Veterans or their families, please don’t hesitate to call our office
or stop by and visit us. Calhoun County Veterans Affairs can be reached at (269) 969-6735. We are located in the third floor of the Toeller Building at 190 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, MI, 49014. If you would prefer to reach us by e-mail, you can do so at va@calhouncountymi. gov.
Make the most of your time together this holiday season. To help you do just that Ancestry suggests the following ques- tions to start the conversation. You could also type and turn it into a game and have family members choose one to answer or have everyone answer each question. Be sure to take photos to remember your time together in future years.
10 questions to bring the family together.
1. What were your favorite songs, books, or movies when you were young?
2. What were your hobbies as a child or teen? What are they now?
3. What was your childhood like? Describe your childhood home.
4. Why did your parents give you your name?
5. What did you do for fun when you
were a child? A teenager?
6. How did you meet your spouse? What
are your favorite qualities about them? 7. What is your earliest childhood
8. What makes you the happiest? Has it
changed since you were young?
9. How has the world changed since you
were a child?
10.What’s your happiest memory?
Aaron D. Edlefson, Special to Senior Times
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