I could not let the day pass without a few moments to pay homage to the "Greatest Generation" of Americans. When I was growing up and listening to my parents, grandparents, and other people talk about World War II, one event stood out among all: the D-Day invasion. Seventy-five years ago, after months of meticulous planning and deception, the invasion to stop the war in Europe began. I heard just today that General Eisenhower was told that he could expect to lose 75% of his paratroopers in the landing at Normandy and other beachheads. In recent years stories have been told by those who were there. And the pain lingers still for those who live and remember.
There are many untold World War II stories of courage, bravery, and heroism still to be told. There are stories of care and compassion being given through the most difficult of circumstances all throughout the war. The events of June 6, 1944, would forever shape our world. Had they not happened, and ultimately been successful, our world would be a much different place. Let us pause to remember and give thanks for all who sacrificed their all for us on D-Day, and throughout all of World War II. And let's remember to support all those who have returned. Thank them, ask them about their story. Perhaps they just might be willing to share it, if only we ask and then listen.