POSTED: Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 3:52pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 3:24pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — The reason I am not standing here before you speaking German, is because 69 years ago, today, brave American boys and men put themselves in harm's way.
Americans, along with our allies from all over the world, went forward with “Operation Overlord.”
The invasion of Normandy.
If you know anything about military history the location and the weather made this almost a suicide mission.
But, we went anyway, because we had to.
Americans are great at many things, but not great at remembering history.
And in my personal opinion, not grateful enough for those who risked all or gave all
so we can have a life of freedom.
Many “D-Day” remembrances are starting to dwindle because, let’s face it, 600 World War II vets are dying every day.
They are getting older.
I just hope the love of country and will to sacrifice doesn't die with them.
One 88-year-old man who went in with the Rangers on Omaha Beach said this, " I hope people remember that there were people like me and all the Rangers that I worked with, those of us who really believed in democracy. I didn't have any education. America was good to me. I hope people remember there were many men who sacrificed their lives and youth. We were young when we went over there, but we came back old men. It was a supreme sacrifice. I hope people remember, there were some of us willing to die for democracy, because we believed in it."
He also said he never thought he'd live to see his 20th birthday.
Most 20-year-olds, now a days, have no idea of the sacrifices these men and women in the service have made for us.
And they still do.
Let us never forget.
That's my point of view, what's yours?