On June 6, 1944, 68 years ago, Allied forces invaded the Normandy coast of France to begin to take back Europe from German power. Many knew they were going to die and were scared for their lives as the doors of the Higgins boats opened, but they knew why they were there and believed in what they were doing. American troops faced heavy losses on this day, as depicted in Saving Private Ryan, but they had the heart, resolve and will to get on that beach, withstand the heavy German resistance and keep going. Joining with the allied forces who invaded from the south, they began their march of liberation across Western Europe toward Berlin.
This is a significant day in the history of the United States and the American military, as it is another example as to why we call these people heroes and thank them for their service every day. I have used this quote by Oliver North before, but I will use it again, as it personifies what a true hero is!
"Heroes are people who do things for others at great personal risk-and expect nothing in return. Real heroes...are selfless...(they) put themselves in danger to help others-not themselves...and whether they succeed or fail, real heroes inspire others to do better by their example...to do right...to try harder."This is truly a generation to remember, who freed a continent and then came home to build a country. We remember and thank them from the bottom of our hearts for their service, heroism, sacrifice and heart on this day, 68 years ago!