Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:14 pm
His name of course is Michiel but he allows me the privilege of calling him Mike.
Anyway, there’s a lot to like.......
about that Mike.
He’s exuberant and willing to help people with their sharpening, and is just an all around good guy who likes good beer.
Another reason for me to like Mike is based on some PM’s we’ve had.
I had told him of my interest someday of visiting the areas of the Ardennes where some of the well known ‘Battles of the Bulge’ were fought.
He told me of the great respect that he and many of the people in Belgium have for those who fought there and especially for those who died there.
The tradition, passed down through families is to tend to the war graves and memorial sites in much the same way as you see in pictures of the white Normandy crosses with their green, manicured lawns.
Among noble professions there is none greater than that of the grunt soldier defending their homeland, loved ones, and people they will never know.
There is no politics in that, it is a simple, raw virtue and until the day comes when the guns and cannons are turned on the truly wicked can those who watch over us lay down their arms and the dead warrior can truly rest in peace.
What I learned from Mike is that every day is Memorial day in some parts of the world and it was nice to hear.
So you see, there’s a lot to like.......
about that Mike.
And the people of Belgium.
Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:25 pm
Thank you for those words Keith. To say I'm flattered is an understatement.
Thank you, thank you.
There's nothing more I can say.
Sat Jun 02, 2012 4:48 pm
Big thanks for your help on the forum too. All the mods have been really helpfull in getting the forum off the ground.