But today is June 6, D-Day and that is a day of destiny and a day of destruction and a day of determination by the combined allied armed forces to turn back the demonic army that was the Third Reich. So let's talk a little about remembering D-Day.....
My husband was not old enough to fight in the war. He was a teen. He remembers the headlines. He remembers the air raids. He remembers the blackouts. He remembers the influx of army in our port city of Wilmington. He remembers the shipyard and how the war ships were built. Those very same war ships that were part of D-Day. Ships loaded with young men. Men from all over the United States. Men who had left children, mothers, fathers, wives, and sweethearts. The ships that carried many to their watery graves as they tried to land ashore.
D-Day is remembering the good that came out of the terrible. The value of a life lost - each and every one of them. The value of their souls. The worth of those peoples under the chains of Hitler's jackboot. The cost to free them so that we might all remain free.
D-Day is remembering our freedoms that were bought with the blood of scared but heroic, young men who gave their all, and remembering the ones who were able to continue fighting and come home at war's end. Thank you to all who remain. We appreciate your service and we are thankful you gave yourself to the fight that was D-Day.