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Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, on the Shores of Normandy

Another passion of mine, is learning about and from History. It saddens me that so much is being forgotten or revised.

Presidents Macron and Trump, greeting Veterans

Presidents Macron and Trump, greeting Veterans

Heartstrings....

I've been so emotional today. If I'm being totally honest with you, I was crying my eyes out for most of the morning, while watching the Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.

Events such as these, get to me every single time!

Hearing the many stories of sacrifice and remembrance, watching the faces of the remaining veterans, in their mid to late 90's now, surrounded by their buddies, caretakers, family and friends, tugged at my heartstrings! If there were any Veterans in attendance, any younger, they long ago fibbed about their age, in order to go to war at the ripe old age of fifteen or sixteen, because their world was much bigger than the space they occupied and they understood what was at stake!

With each new story of bravery beyond their years and with each new story of the many efforts to keep their memory alive, more tears...

Seeing how hands-on, respectful and genuine, President Macron and President Trump were with these men, was a sight to behold.

In their speeches, President Macron said, “I bow down and I thank you” and President Trump referred to their location, the hallowed ground {the shores of Normandy} as "Freedom's altar".....

Amen and so true!

The cost of freedom, comes with great sacrifice and I wonder if that truth is getting lost in today's agenda-driven, fast-paced, hostile, self-absorbed environment...

We must not forget, not just here in America, but wherever freedom is newly sought or long found...but fading fast!

Our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren must be taught this history and they must understand 'the great coming together' which took place, in order to stop and defeat the deadly and destructive onslaught of pure evil.....

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A Force for Good

Imagine what it must have been like in Europe during Hitler's reign! Not only were the Jewish people suffering greatly, one small Country after another was trying to survive; some capitulating...to avoid going to war, others making deals...in an effort to avoid battle, while others did put up a fight, only to go down in defeat.

Whatever response each Country had, all, were only stepping stones, tools, a means...to be used and abused by Hitler and his not-so-merry-band of Nazis.

The enemy marched through, a destructive force of nature, evil unbound, moving as locusts, inconsiderately plowing through, confidently unstoppable and impenetrable....and they were.....but for for an allied force for good!

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What if, the U.S.A, French, British, Canadian, et al...forces hadn't joined together as a band of Brothers?

What if instead they had said, not our fight, not our business, not our cause...

What would Europe look like today, what would this world look like?

Can't imagine, don't want to...but as for us, I don't think we'd be pledging allegiance to the flag of the United States of America nor the Republic for which it stands!

Hitler thought himself unstoppable. He wouldn't have allowed the seven seas or anything else to deter him.

But, he miscalculated, he never considered a thirst for freedom to be greater than his thirst for power and world domination; he was outsmarted, outwitted and the German army was outbattled and defeated.

The Shores of Normandy

The Shores of Normandy

In Remembrance -

Whether it’s the words of President Ronald Reagan in Normandy, France on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, so eloquently speaking of "the boys of Pointe du Hoc...the men who took the cliffs...the champions who helped free a continent..."

Whether it's President Bill Clinton, on the 50th Anniversary, when he spoke these words, "when they were young, these men saved the world."

Whether it's George W. Bush on the 60th Anniversary of D-Day, reminding us of Reagan's words and reflecting on our Nation's life long relationship with France or whether it is the words of President Donald Trump today, the 75th Anniversary, "you are the pride of our Nation, you are the glory of our Republic and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts”.....we must not forget them!

Their numbers are dwindling, with each Anniversary, less and less in attendance and the day will soon come, when there will not be one left to hear the words or to shake the hand, of a French or American President...

May they always be remembered and forever honored, even so!

Reagan's 'Boys of Pointe du Hoc' speech

© 2019 A B Williams

Comments

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on July 31, 2019:

Thank you Larry for taking the time to read my article, so glad that you enjoyed it.

Larry Slawson from North Carolina on July 31, 2019:

Really great article. Thank you for sharing.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 13, 2019:

John, so sorry to hear that you've recently lost your Mom. It is never easy, at any age.

I can't even imagine what it must have been like for those there, seeing it, hearing it, not knowing what the outcome would be, but hoping, wishing and praying for the best.

Thanks for sharing!

John Welford from Barlestone, Leicestershire on June 13, 2019:

My mother (who has only just died) could remember hearing the planes flying overhead as they towed gliders full of troops to land behind the beaches on D-Day. She could also remember seeing the landing craft gathering in Poole Harbour in preparation for the invasion and then her amazement when, on the morning of 6th June 1944, she looked out to see that the water was clear again.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 11, 2019:

Thanks Yves, always so nice to hear from you.

Yes our President is genuine and I believe our precious Veterans understand him, even if many others do not and do not care to!

Yves on June 11, 2019:

Wonderful article. Yes....we must always have the highest regard for our World War II veterans.Their hearts were true. I get choked up myself every time I see them on television. They are the humblest of men and without them, the world would be a much different place----one which would be unbearable to live in. It saddens me that so many of the survivors have died and that soon, none will be with us here on earth. Many veterans of today are just as special, but those men, of that era, were particularly great. They were great in their humility.

On another note, President Trump's visit abroad, to commemorate D-Day was highly successful in the eyes of the rest of the world, even if not all of the American press gave the president the credit he truly deserved.

A lovely article. Thank you, AB.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 07, 2019:

Aww that's cute, take it as a compliment, coming from a little one, Grandma. ;)

Yes, my filter is challenged, tested, often....

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 07, 2019:

Filter? What filter? LOL Mine's intact now, but it breaks every now and then.

Yeah, he does seem pretty smart. Just met him today, though. We were in doing maintenance for someone and this kid was there visiting. Almost as entertaining as the little toddler that lives there, who seems to think my name is Grandma, regardless of everyone telling her otherwise.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 07, 2019:

Sounds like a smart kid...I agree, they probably say “whatever the hell they want because they’ve lived”...and because they’ve lost their filter...but that’s perfectly okay by me! :)

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 07, 2019:

Guess what? I had a 15-year-old say to me today, "Why don't they have a Veterans month? They should have a whole month." And I was like, 'You're right, kid. They should." Of course, he also said that he wonders what people born in the 40's think of today's world. He said they probably say whatever the hell they want because they've lived and now they don't care if they hurt someone's feelings. LOL!

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 07, 2019:

Thanks Pop! This one started with a FB post and grew from there.

I hope things are wonderful at the Inn.

breakfastpop on June 07, 2019:

Your hub is important and appreciated. Thank you...

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 07, 2019:

Good Morning Paula -

So true, a debt which can never be repaid.

A group of us have decided to start going to the airport to greet Veterans returning home from Honor Flight trips. It doesn’t seem like much...but it’s something. :)

Good to hear from you.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 07, 2019:

Good Morning Shannon, I think we all have regrets about not asking more questions of our elderly family members and finding out more about the times they grew up in, their interests,worldview, etc., when we could.

Thanks for stopping by.

Suzie from Carson City on June 07, 2019:

Angie.....Thank you for this reminder. I have always had and forever will have, the highest regard, gratitude & fondness for our Military. We owe them far more than we can ever return.

Our quests and efforts should be to make certain all of our Military have access to the best of care and benefits.

Hope your summer is starting out to be a winner! Peace, Paula

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 06, 2019:

I had this assignment one time...high school or middle school....I had to interview someone about a historical event and their memories. I remember speaking with my dad's mom about D-Day. Unfortunately, I do not remember any of her responses and have long since lost the original assignment Sometimes, though, I think of it and find myself wishing that I had paid closer attention then. Enough to commit the responses to memory. Especially now as my kids are learning about things such as 9-11 and asking me questions.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on June 06, 2019:

I understand! :)

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 06, 2019:

Don't look at me I am a mess. Dad a surgeon and second dad a B-52 bomber ace. I will go out back a have a hard time. Thank you but I am mad at you ;-)