I hope everyone who visits this site had the chance to watch the ceremony at Normandy earlier this morning. I watched one of the programs commemorating the day and one thing stuck out- the perpetual humility of the great men who risked everything for their families back home and the much greater fight for liberty in the world. I had the sheer blessing of being raised in the shadows of two of these giants- my Grandfathers. One was a pilot for the Army's Air Force, another was an intelligence officer who was dropped into theater via a glider. Both were well-decorated, but never talked about it...like most veterans.
These men are part of "The Greatest Generation". And I agree with that moniker. But I heard a perspective I had never heard before today from one of these men on TV. He said the reason these people were so selfless...so focused on what was important...so brave in the face of danger was because what their lives had been like prior to the second Great War. Many knew about the last war to and all wars because their fathers had been soldiers as well...but all of them were products of the Great Depression. And because they had known what it was like to have little in the way of material things, they understood the importance of family, friends and freedom.
If you have a Grandpa or Grandma that was part of the WWII effort make sure to thank them for changing the course of the war 65 years ago...As Wendell Goller said, "there just aren't as many of them left." In fact, 1,800 WWII vets die a day right now; Let's honor them in person as long as we can.