Yesterday was June 6. D-Day. It was the 67th anniversary of the Allied Invasion of Normandy. An action which brought a much quicker end to the fighting in Europe during World War II.
To know someone from this generation is a great blessing. Tom Brokaw coined the term “The Greatest Generation” in a book by the same title. They grew up during the Great Depression and watched as the world tumbled into a time dominated by beacons of evil across the globe. Countries were disappearing, Genocide was rampant in parts of Europe.
But they did what had to be done. And with such a quiet resolve that they humbly served their country and the world by eliminating these regimes, keeping parts of the world free from tyranny. The countries that were built following the war endured some of the greatest growth and prosperity thanks to their efforts.
The plan to invade on that day wasn’t without risk. The weather wasn’t perfect but it was sufficient. The coordination of many nations and many troops speaking different languages was a monumental task involving over 300,000 troops and naval support personnel on 5,000 ships including over 24,000 airborn paratroopers landing with only the light of a full moon to guide them.
I say they had more than moonlight. They had leadership. They had courage. They had a purpose greater than themselves. They had a world to free. And for that, I am thankful and inspired.
Thank a veteran today for their sacrifice. Yeah, it’s the day after. that’s why it’s important to do it today. You’ll surprise them and their spirit will be lifted. It will affirm what they did was for the right reasons.Tweet