Beyond Victory

Beyond Victory

“Our blood is mingled with those red stripes.” This flag has a story: On June 21, 2001, this particular flag was flying over Pearl Harbor. I watched with my family as an historic ceremony was taking place under these stars and stripes. A lone bugler plays taps in the marble hall.

60 years before, on a bright Sunday morning he had been a 19-year-old-boy bugler standing beside his captain 50 feet from this spot. Out of nowhere, Japanese planes arrived and shot his captain dead. 9 torpedoes and 2 bombs sank his huge ship in 11 minutes. It was just the beginning…But now, long after the world was engulfed in war and reemerged, retired Master Sergeant Dick Fiske embraces his dear friend Zenji Abe [AH-bay], who was also there in 1941.

Abe was a dive-bomber leader of 9 planes from Akagi, Japan. As Fiske plays taps, Abe places 2 red roses by the names of the dead. Beyond all expectations, these former enemies (and their countries), now fast friends, have found understanding, forgiveness, and peace – beyond victory.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.

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