I would like to thank all of you who have served our country in wars past and present. As I watched the ceremonies in Normandy early this morning I was struck by the incredible selflessness and heroism of that one day in history. Strangely, I realized my beloved cat was born 5 years ago today on the 65th anniversary. So we had a double celebration.
This may be the last time for veterans of the "Great War" to return to Normandy, though I hope many have years to live and serve as examples to all of us.
Some have questioned my patriotism because I have not supported all wars our country has fought. But that is what is so great about our country -- we have the freedom and liberty to voice our opinions and even dissent, which few other countries in the world can claim. Our Constitution is an amazing document that guarantees our rights and liberties against the tyranny we faced in the 18th C (I didn't -- my ancestors were still in Switzerland till 1913). Long live the US and the men and women who receive little attention for their extraordinary service.
Thank you all!
Professor, quality sentiments for such a special and important day in history. I wish I could've watched the ceremonies. Very thankful for all Allied service persons who gave their ultimate all that day and during the war to save Europe and beyond. Please permit me to share a couple of photos from a similarly special day two weeks ago while in San Diego. We drove out to Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery at Point Loma, a special place.
Love those pics pluto77. You're so right the allied service people are often forgotten and without them we'd have been in some deep doo doo for sure.
Along the same lines as pluto77, a few years back my wife and I were in Portland, Oregon, and went to the Willamette National Cemetery to find her Fathers grave sight on Memorial Day. It was amazing to see all the flags at each grave site which put a big lump in our throats as well as a huge amount of pride in our country. The sight gave us both huge tears in our eyes even before we found her Dad.
I will never forget 11th grade in high school (1969) when our class trip was to DC and we visited Arlington. It was an overwhelming experience, mostly because of its simplicity. No grand monuments, but simple crosses. I remember thinking about it the whole way back to suburban Philly.
While I do believe there should always be discussion about going to war and sending our men and women to battlefields, I will always support them once the decision has been made.
Hail to all our heroes!