Most people these days if you ask them what day it is today will give you an odd look, like you suddenly started speaking Mandarin. Most of them don’t remember today is the day that our very best men stormed the beaches at Normandy with their allies from Canada, Great Brittian, Poland, Norway and the Free French Resistance.
Most people have only a glimmering rememberance that on this day over 160,000 troops, and 5,000 ships were involved in one of the greatest naval invasions of an occupied territory that history has ever seen. And most people will not remember that by the end of that day 10,000 men were dead or wounded in our first real strike against the greatest evil the world had ever seen.
Unfortunately for America, most of her citizens only know about D-Day from watching “Saving Private Ryan” and I feel sorry for them on that. They have forgotten the sacrifices that their grandfathers, great-uncles and great-grandmothers made for them so that they could grow up free. I lost four great uncles to the war, only my grandfather survived.
I salute the men and women that fought for us and protected us throughout the years. My ancestors who fought in the Revolution, Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, and my father who fought in Korea. All of them answered the call when it went out just as I answered for the Gulf War. I especially salute the men and women who are out there right now risking their lives to fight an enemy who follows no rules of war, has no compassion for the enemy, and will use anything they can, including children, to kill or maim and cause terror.
God bless you all.