We Remember the 76th Anniversary of D-Day
Today, June 6th, we remember the 76th Anniversary of D-Day. As we enjoy our freedom today, we would do well to remember that freedom is not inevitable. 76 years ago, on a foggy, overcast morning, the Allied forces crossed the English Channel to reclaim the heart of Europe. Not only was the Invasion of Normandy a turning point in the Second World War, it marks the largest seaborne invasion in all of human history.
With over 10,000 casualties, some soldiers knew, though they may have only been 19 or 20, that their lives were about to end as soon as the boats dropped and they charged the beaches. These men died for a cause greater than themselves, and for that, we honor them.
Ronald Reagan, on the very part of the northern shore of France where Allied soldiers had re-claimed Europe in freedom’s cause, spoke on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day. He remarked to some of the veterans who were with him that day: “The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep knowledge -- and pray God we have not lost it -- that there is a profound, moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. …You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.” In this video, I asked my son to honor the legacy of our family member who died in a series of air raids that laid the groundwork for the mission on D-Day. Please take a moment today to say a prayer for our Country, as we honor the legacy of those who came before us. THANK YOU to everyone who submitted photos of their loved ones who served their country. You will see these at the end of the video.