The Longest Day
Today is the 69th Anniversary of the Day of Days.
Today, British and American troops, after months of preparation and deception, landed in Normandy, on the beaches of France.
Although the 101st Airborne Division is highlighted and celebrated on television (and if you have never seen HBO’s Band of Brothers, find it. It is well worth the watch), never forget that the men of the 82nd Airborne were there also.
Scattered behind enemy lines in the darkness of the early morning, these men still found the wherewithal to pick up and still complete their objectives, even if they were miles from their units.
Rangers scaled sheer cliffs to knock out coastal guns, only to find there were none. They picked up their equipment and moved inland in search of the guns they were supposed to knock out, eventually finding them and completing their mission.
These men, with their incredible bravery did their duty in an attempt to liberate France and bring the war to an end.
We are losing that generation to history now. The further we move away from that period in time, the more of us forget, or never learned of it to begin with.
While we often talk about the Revolution, and how it brought a viable democracy to this world, let us never forget the sacrifices these men made to save democracy for the world.
We will forever be indebted to these men, nay that entire generation who sacrificed so much to save the world.
We’ve had hard times recently, but we have never been asked to sacrifice as much as this generation was asked to, especially coming off a depression less than a decade earlier.
As we go about our business today, let’s take a moment to reflect on what we have, and thank those who have gone before for protecting and sacrificing for us, so that we could live free.