More than a week ago, the world news announced that a great hero has passed away 98 years of age. In case you have no idea who the hero is, she is none other than Nancy Wake. Many of you would ask who is Nancy Wake? If many of you say she is called “The White Mouse”, you are right but she is more than just her nickname. She was also the woman who risked her life for the greater good along with the British military and the French Resistance. That was not all, she was the woman who saved the lives of hundreds of Allied soldiers and airmen. Recalling the time when I was barely 17 years old and learning about World War II in history class more than ten years ago made me went in awe reading about Nancy Wake and her efforts in fighting against the Nazis. But today, more than ten years later, I cannot help but be saddened with the fact that a heroine like her had just passed away. However, her legacy will never be forgotten by those who choose not to forget her (and other servicemen and servicewomen). Lest be she forgotten.
Her death not just made me realised that life can come and go unexpectedly but also it made me realise how much we need to keep the legacies of servicemen and servicewomen like Nancy Wake alive for ourselves and our future generation. At the same time, I am writing to say it would been nearly 67 years since World War II ended. Although I am part of Generation Y who has grown up without facing any suffering from war and conflict, I truly understand how devastating was World War II (1939-1945) back then as I have grandparents who grew up in that era. Time and again, I can occasionally recall how they and their families grew up living in fear and wondering if tomorrow will still be there to wake up to (and without being harassed or murdered by wicked soldiers who only cared about exterminating an innocent life through rape, torture, murder and looting). However, they believe to this day that if it weren’t for great servicemen and servicewomen like Nancy Wake and the lot, who knows what sort of hell the world would have plundered further into if Hitler, the Nazis and the Axis were never defeated at all(Honestly, I don’t want to imagine what kind of world would that be).
Anyway, Nancy Wake’s death made me realise that it will come a time somewhere in the future when the very last World War II veteran would breathe his or her last breath. Therefore, I learnt that those heroes’ legacies as men and women fighting for the greater good in a time of turmoil like World War II need to be kept alive by us. Not just in books, museums, history lessons or recordings alone. But also through our efforts in passing their legacies down to our future generations. What sort of people are we if we choose to forget their efforts just because World War II is part of history since it ended in 1945?
Before I ramble further, what says you about the efforts of World War II servicemen and servicewomen like Nancy Wake? Do you believe that it is our responsibility to keep their legacies alive for our future generations?