"We can get some food, but if we lose freedom, we can never get it back," says a gaggle of German youngsters to a young US Air Pressure pilot once they row behind a barbed wire. The fence at the end of the landing at Berlin's Tempelhof airport in 1948.
In 1948, the Soviet Union took over 110 meters from West Germany to West Berlin for the aim of forcing the town to hitch East Germany. This led to the isolation of over 2.5 million western Berlin.
Luckily, the air corridors have been nonetheless open by settlement. Lieutenant Gail Seymour Halvorsen was one of many American pilots selected to help the air visitors authorities to provide western Berlin with food, clothing, drugs and gasoline
With the touch of the youngsters of the temple, Halvorsen decided to ignite determined to stay by dropping candy on the youngsters on his next flight. His pleasant efforts have been shortly supported by his colleagues and his commander, and then turned a world feeling with great donations from US corporations.
In his mission, Little Vittles ultimately introduced 23 tons of donated chocolate, raisins, chewing gum and different delicacies. he was a humanitarian hero, "Candy Bomber."
Halvorsen is now a 98-year-old retired US Air Pressure colonel with outstanding prizes such as the Congress Gold Medal. He’s still a beloved determine for the German era. Although he was joining the 70th anniversary of air visitors in Germany, his son, Mike Halvorsen, represented him to receive a memorial to the victims of the Communist Victims of Truman-Reagan in Washington on 14 June. , 2019.
Mike Halvorsen asked how in the 1948s the West Berliners knew the dangers when becoming a member of East Berlin: “Even though the Berlin Wall did not exist when he was there, it was obvious that the difference between Western and Eastern Berlin, and they saw that if the Allied forces were removed from West Berlin, the West would end up as East Berlin. ”
The Berlin Airlift operations brought the whole lot from vegetables to coal around the clock, seven days every week, in 1948-1949. Additionally they imported 88,000 tonnes of goods made in Berlin, which enabled the employment of 935,000 staff. The Soviet Union failed with a blade that was lastly killed in Might 1949. This victory gained with no single shot
Mike Halvorsen stated: "It's very challenging [for the younger generation] to know history. It is very important that we continue to tell the story as it actually happened."  The VOC works to keep the memory of what Communism has achieved for the world. On June 14, 19 embassies, four delegations and 48 representatives of ethnic and human rights organizations joined the 12th Annual Report on the Celebration of the Wreaths of Nations by Commemorating the Victims of Communism at Capitol Hill
Rev. Charles H. Nall 12th Nations Wreath Wreaths Ceremony (Lynn Lin / Epoch Occasions)
Charles H. Nall (COL.) Chairman of the Rev. American Cold War Veterans (ACWV) Emphasised the Contribution of Cold War Troopers: “We served in many locations, not in the recent warHowever, the contributions of those veterans deserved recognition. They have been the walls that held the protection of communism.
Subjugation to Communism: Past and Current
Croatian Ambassador Pjer Šimunović spoke of the oppression of communist techniques as follows: we all suffered rather a lot beneath Communism. They based a totalitarian dictatorship after the Second World War. It was cruel. It's exhausting to guage, but we all know hundreds and hundreds of people who have died beneath Communism.
Francisco Marquez (2nd Right), 12th Annual Report of the Wreaths of Nations Wreaths (Lynn Lin / Epoch Occasions)
Francisco Marquez is the US Political Adviser to the Venezuelan Ambassador as interim president of Juan Guaido. He stated: "I am in exile in the United States. I am here to express our solidarity with the victims of oppression. Communism is as great as oppression. Both Chavez and Maduro systems are oppressive, with a 50% decline in GDP. This is a disorder, a consequence of repressive administration. In Venezuela, only a small number of criminals were kidnapped from the state. Anyone who opposes or criticizes the government was either in exile or in prison. "
Rev. Nall additionally identified that the top of the Cold War doesn’t imply that communism is not in the world: ”China, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua nonetheless exist… And we see current opposition in Hong Kong, where lots of of hundreds of individuals went to the streets. The Communists simply acquired better suits, they packed better now. However it hasn't disappeared yet. One of many great tragedies is that we aren’t speaking about communism. Our Congress typically condemned fascism, but the condemnation of communism has never occurred. This needs to be completed. And, unfortunately, younger individuals right here in america are usually not educated concerning the risks of communism, Marxism, Leninism. The names of socialism and communism are totally different, but the methodology, financial system, management and oppression are the identical. ”
John Suarez is Director Basic of the Cuban Free Middle. When asked concerning the variety of victims of communism in Cuba in current many years, Suarez said: “The conservative estimate is between 80 and 100 thousand [including] people who have to shoot the team, people were lost in the open sea. We know cases where sandbags and snipers killed people. We really do not know the exact amount. The number of Cuban victims is certainly small compared to Chinese citizens. ”
Alan Adler, Falun Gong Associates' Leader, 12th Annual Report of the Wreaths of Nations Wreaths. (Lynn Lin / Epoch Occasions)
The Chinese Communist regime is a full-blown persecution of all types of religions, religious beliefs, and groups that help democracy. Falun Gong Buddies President Allan Adler has entered the VOC Brewery every year
“The Communist government is practicing persecution of Falun Gong practitioners,” he stated. “So many lives have been destroyed. Falun Gong is sweet for society, however communism is doing things to the residents. They usually have even made a livelihood for gathering Falun Gong practitioners' organs. Communist ideology destroys human souls. "
Dr. Lee Edwards spoke in the 12th annual report on the establishing of nationwide wreaths (Lynn Lin / Epoch Occasions)
dr. Lee Edwards, Chairman of the VOC Supervisory Board, stated at the ceremony: “This yr we have fun the 30th anniversary of the autumn of the Berlin Wall; this yr additionally marks the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen bloodbath – the Chinese language Communist regime sent troops and broke the goddess of democracy and killed hundreds. However they might not crush the longing of Chinese language freedom… No less than 100 million victims of Communism in the 20 th century. This consists of hundreds of thousands of prisoners who died in Gulag of the Soviet Union, tens of millions of Chinese language who died in Mao Zedong's loopy "big leap", two million individuals who have been killing Cambodia … "
Resistance and International Strain
Amb. Šimunović from Croatia stated: “We resisted communism with our inner power to protect national id. Communism was something that was on our tradition. It was not our rooted tradition. Our inner energy is far stronger. There have been all the time people who stored the flames of independence, freedom, freedom of thought and freedom of religion alive within a totalitarian system. This confirmed that Communism has no future.
Communist techniques also relied closely on knowledge censorship in order that their citizens didn’t know the truth and that they have been persistently brainwashed.
Alan Adler stated: Falun Gong has not resisted oppression without violence, but practitioners continue their continuity. You can’t get individuals to vary their faith once they have robust beliefs. The CCP has developed its persecution, such high know-how is involved, they usually study to persecute the general public.
”Immediately, many people in China don’t even know Tiananmen Square of the Fact of Bloodbath. Nevertheless, Falun Gong practitioners have advised the reality to Chinese residents, not only about persecution, but in addition about educating individuals concerning the evil of the CCP
”Meanwhile, Falun Gong practitioners also began the Tuidang [quitting the CCP] motion in China. Even members of the Chinese language Communist Social gathering know that there is nothing left for ideology. It is a loopy ideology that only causes problems for China and the world. "
The Cuban People's Makes an attempt to Break the Censorship of Info, John Suarez stated:" For non-Cuban individuals, info is readily available… For individuals in Cuba there are short-wave radios, corresponding to Miami's Radio Martí. There were additionally personal initiatives. We do that to assist individuals break into censorship. “
” For social media, the Cuban authorities has been blocking entry to social media for a few years. There was some progress in the past couple of years, but there’s still a lot to be censored. Sadly, the Chinese language government's censorship has unfold to different repressive actions. ”
Suarez additionally pointed out:“ There has been a disaster, particularly in the last 20 years. The reactions of the international communities to the Tiananmen bloodbath have been a catastrophe, not simply for the Chinese language, because it gave the CCP a free passport. Then Communist China can plan its affect internationally as they stand up.
“Now there’s the international power of totalitarian regimes to battle worldwide democracy. The state of affairs in Hong Kong is now an indication of the failure of a world society. Theoretically, the British agreement with the Republic of China [what is now Taiwan] was not a Communist China. And the international group should take into consideration who actually represents the Chinese and who has democratic elections. "
Suarez additionally acknowledged the efforts of the current US administration:" They do a superb job of placing financial strain on Cuba and China. To Cuba due to the presence of Cuba in Venezuela and Nicaragua; For China, as a result of China has pursued practices which might be detrimental to the long-term economic interests of america during the last 20-25 years. I feel this is constructive. However the present US administration needs to focus more on human rights and democracy movements. ”
Amb. Šimunović emphasised the importance of teaching a younger era: “The curriculum is to teach the youthful era what happened throughout communism. They had to know history and it was fairly harmful to precise what you assume.
Francisco Marquez also talked concerning the importance for youthful generations of the true historical past of their nations: “We had a democratic history. Actually, we had a vibrant democracy to eradicate guerillas in the 60s. And most people did not help communist techniques. People utterly deserted Maduro's authorities. "
Dr. Lee Edwards beneficial the work on the ceremony – "The Black Book of Communism" – and stated: "This is an indispensable reading, especially for the ascending generation. And we are sponsoring a national day of treatment this fall. Students and teachers on campus across the country are reading and discussing the content of the "black ebook" and the terrible history of communism … Communism is a pseudo-religion that is pseudo-science and controlled by political tyranny … We will never forget the victims of this genocidal system, who deserve only one a place buried under a historic ashtray. "
Rev. VOC CEO Nall and Marion Smith announced a new partnership between VOC and ACWV, bringing hundreds of ACWV members to hitch the VOC faculty campaign nationwide.
Marion Smith remarked: VOC employees work every day to coach younger People in secondary faculties, excessive faculties, and university campuses throughout the nation, fulfilling the Congressional mandate to make sure that young generations are acquainted with the etiology of communism. "
Rev. Nall stated, "[this is] to achieve the goal of this recognition and to preserve a history that should never be forgotten, because forget to dooms us to repeat."
Perhaps 70 years after the Berlin Forklift, the American Cold War veterans are doing a new job – breathe a new version of the mind, in the younger era of lecture rooms: "Black Book of Communism."