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"They saved the world!"


POSTED: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 5:49pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 11, 2012 - 8:44am

On this date 68 years ago, thousands of our grandfathers, fathers, uncles and other acquaintances
made a historic trip across the English channel.

It was the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe.

The weather was rough, but not as rough as the reception the allies got when they hit the beaches of Normandy.

There have been a few movies depicting what we called D-Day, but none as realistic as the first few minutes of Saving Private Ryan.

If you've never seen that movie, do. But hang on for the first few minutes.

The bravery shown that day on the beaches is beyond comprehension. When the doors on the Higgins boats came down, I'm sure our fighting men right then knew they were expendable.

The sacrifice was not only made on the beaches, but also in the sky, Young paratroopers being dropped into the right and wrong landing zones.

Many have said the German army flack was so thick they could have walked across it. Once again, bravery beyond comprehension.

They had to rid the world of a tyrant.

We've been in battles since then, but back then a mad man and his accomplices were trying to take over the world.

There was nothing subtle about it.

Here in America, kids who grew up in poverty through the Great Depression were asked to take up another battle.

The battle against oppression.

And what is now known as the greatest generation sacrificed and saved the world. Let me say it again, saved the world. You can't hear that enough.

Many of these folks were mine and your friends fathers and grandfathers. We grew up with them.

Some were serving as waves in the Navy like my 90-year-old mother in law.

Some stayed behind and worked in ship yards and grew victory gardens. But they served.

And every June 6th, we cannot let that day go by without saying thank you.

Thank you for saving the world.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

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One History Channel episode on WWII said we didn't know about the concentration camps until we came upon them, and Ike had our soldiers walk through them so to see what we were fighting for.

Well said, sir! Thank you to all our heroes--past, present and future! May God bless them all and God bless America!

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