Lessons & Legacy of D-Day
Credit American Thinker
This week, we will celebrate the daring, courage and sacrifice of 73,000 young Americans who hit the beaches of Normandy, Omaha and Utah — on June 6, 1944, 75 years ago. Those who lived to come home are now in their 90s. While we have this extraordinary generation till among us, this is the year, month, and day to reach out and thank them. It is also a moment to think about what the day means for us.
The assault, named “Operation Overlord,” was epic – enormous in size, significance, and tragic cost. On the beaches of Normandy France, in a moment of profound resolve, faith, military commitment, and patriotism, which boils down to love of country, town, family, and freedom – these boys from across America risked all for us.
Had they not done so, the freedoms and prosperity we take as a birthright daily would not be ours; if by some stretch America had survived and endured at all, we would be an island in an ocean of unthinkable darkness.
These boys knew that the fight was all or nothing, win or freedom perishes, prevail against the evil that had taken Europe, or allow something to stand that could not. So they gave it their all.
That invasion – which the Nazis thought they could halt on the beach – is what made freeing Europe possible. But it did not come without enormous human cost – both in those lost on that day and in the memories and horrors experienced, which lasted a lifetime for those who were there.