Every D-Day I am humbled by the accomplishments of those who served our great nation and their allies. They performed what many thought was the impossible. I am humbled by the bravery of our troops, many who lost their lives that day. I am humbled by those who served on the home front by sacrificing those daily comforts that we who came after them accept as routine necessities.
How could the Allied Forces get that many men, that many vehicles, that many supplies and support services across the English channel to begin the nearly year-long trek towards victory? The risk involved seems almost insurmountable.
I am also humbled by the fact that my parents were married on June 6, 1942. They were practically newlyweds on D-Day, and certainly not together on their second anniversary. That war separated couples across this nation. The sacrifices that were made for freedom are probably something those of us alive post WWII will never know or understand completely. Little did those folks know the life-altering changes that would have to be made on December 7 1941 when the United States was savagely drawn into the world war. No one knew how disrupted lives would be nor how many boys would simply not come home.
One day in the very near future, there will be no one left from the Greatest Generation. Most of those who served and are still alive are in their 90’s. I feel a great sadness as the curtain slowly closes on those from that era. In many respects we owe our lives and freedom to them. Their accomplishments will live on and remain as a great source of national pride for as long as this nation stands.
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