D-Day 70 years later: Thoughts for those who made the greatest sacrifice for our freedom

6 Jun

DDAY

“Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force. You are about to embark upon the great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you.”

— General Dwight D. Eisenhower

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

It’s something I tell my kids to consider each time they’re stuck in traffic, behind a very elderly gentleman, who might be driving annoyingly slow. Before you feel the urge to wave your arms and lay on your horn, consider that the gentleman causing you some minor inconvenience might deserve a lot of the credit for everything you hold so dear.

VETSeventy years ago today, he might have been an 18-year-old kid, seasick and terrified as he waited for the gate to drop on his landing craft. He might just be a member of the Greatest Generation, young men who charged onto a Normandy Beach, and fought for freedom’s foothold while watching their buddies die all around them.

He may have not only courageously fought to save the free world, but then come back home to help build the United States of America into the greatest republic on Earth.

Today is the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, arguably the most-important date in the history of the Free World. It was the beginning of the end for tyranny in Europe, and today should be a moment of reflection on the immense sacrifices that took place on blood-stained beaches called Omaha and Utah.

I heard somewhere that 20,000 World War II veterans are now dying each day as the years cause the inevitable.  But it’s not too late to still thank them for your freedom.

To the still surviving  “Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force,” thank you for what you did to give my family and I the opportunity to live without fear, to live  free, and be able to follow our dreams. And to those who made the ultimate sacrifice, you’ll always be in our prayers.

3 Responses to “D-Day 70 years later: Thoughts for those who made the greatest sacrifice for our freedom”

  1. Lianne Schneider June 6, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    I suppose all of us who want to offer some tribute and gratitude will say much the same thing – and that’s as it should be. Beautifully written.

  2. Harry Birmingham June 6, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    I remember the local war dead especially so because of the memorial cared for by the late Arthur Harrison at the site on Wallis Street on Tremont Street opposite Northend Street. The memorial was constructed by the donations given by mostly east end residents . Among the men was the name of George Mortis ,a medical doctor ,and there was another name that I believe was a Symornius [forgive my spelling] who gave their lives in service to our country. The memorial was placed in Mr. Harrisons yard for safe keeping many years later. The man that printed the names on the memorial was Mr. Chigas that lived on Wallis Street. I can’t say what did happen to the memorial after that. If it were not for those who served in WW2 we would be speaking German and or Japanese. To those who served in WW2 I give thanks to them and to all those in the many conflicts after that time who gave their lives and their service for us to be free . Remember our veterans with the deepest of all our respect and appreciation each and every day we survive as a untied America with the goals we give towards world peace.

  3. Anonymous... June 6, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

    Every American should travel and see the American cemetary in Normandy. To see in person the beaches these young men stormed leaves you speechless. Many of the German artillery guns are still on the high ground above the beaches. God bless the men that gave their life on these beaches 70 years ago today.

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