Today is the sixty-ninth anniversary of D-Day. On this day in 1944, 150,000 Americans, English, Canadians, and other allies–though mostly Americans–left England and crossed the English Channel on a cloudy, rainy day, and landed thirty miles away on the 5 mile coast of Normandy, France, to attack the German Third Reich. In just a few hours we lost 12,000 men, double what we’ve lost in Iraq and Afghanistan over a decade.
In but a few hours.
The anniversaries of D-Day, Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, etc., are special times for me. When I consider the wholesale slaughter our men faced at the hands of vicious tyrannies, on behalf of people they did not know, I cannot help getting choked up a little. It’s a confusing feeling, really…How one’s heart can ache in both pride and terrible sadness at the same time.Continue Reading