"After more than 3 1/2 years of captivity, we were taken to Arai, a town on the Japanese coast. There we were met by U.S. Navy personnel wearing strange-looking helmets and carrying strange-looking weapons, which turned out to be M1 carbines. Placed in landing ships, we saw the American flag for the first time in more than three years.
It was at that moment that I realized how much my country meant to me.
We had placed our faith in our country, and our country had kept that faith by bringing us home. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the boat after seeing the Stars and Stripes. From that moment on, I was on a high and did not come down for a year. Many ask if I surrendered... I didn't, I was captured.
No one knows what freedom means until one loses it. Most Americans take it for granted, forgetting that thousands and thousands of their fellow Americans died to give them that freedom.
We in Bataan paid our price for our country’s freedom, and most of us would do it all over again if we had to. Many returned sick and died shortly after the war. Many, even today, are seeking something from their country to ‘pay’ for their suffering. They, too, have forgotten that freedom is not free.
For my part, I was an Army soldier. I enlisted. I asked for the Philippines. Everything that happened was of my doing. I have no regrets, and my country does not owe me anything." - Major Richard M. Gordon, Bataan Death March Survivor #reality#freedom#ww2#bataan#survivor#zerofoxtrot
Harvest time. This is the way we harvest our hydroponically grown crops, no need to bend or break your back. One of the advantages of hydroponics, easy to grow and easy to harvest. #Bataan#Hydroponics#Philippines