This morning I combed through many videos that were Veterans Day tributes. While the one posted is long, I chose it because of the linking the past to the present.
WWII veterans are dying at the rate of over 1000 per day. Many never lived to see the completion of the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC. What a tragedy that it took 60 years to honor the people of that generation. It is perhaps the most beautiful memorial I have ever seen but it was too long getting here.
If you know a vet from the WWII era, find out all you can. Their stories are fascinating. I consider the women of that era vets also. Many of them worked as civilians in the war effort. Their contributions were no less.
Veterans Day does not have to stop at midnight tonight. A beautiful fall weekend trip might include a trip to Bedford, Virginia, down past Roanoke.
The National D-Day Memorial is right here in our state. I am ashamed to admit I have never been to Bedford to show my gratitude to this town who lost the greatest amount of young men per capital than any other jurisdiction in the United States.
Bedford is home to the National D-Day Memorial. (despite the “National” in its name, the memorial is owned and operated by a Non-governmental, non-profit, education foundation). The United States Congress warranted that this memorial would be the nation’s D-Day Memorial and President Bill Clinton authorized this effort in September 1996. President George W. Bush dedicated this memorial as the nation’s D-Day memorial on June 6, 2001. Bedford lost more residents per capita in the Normandy landings than any other American community. Nineteen soldiers from Bedford, whose 1944 population was about 3,200, were killed on D-Day. Three other Bedford soldiers died later in the Normandy campaign. Proportionally this community suffered the nation’s severest D-Day losses
Thanks to Wiki for the above blurb.
For more information:
The National D-Day Memorial Foundation