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posted: 6/8/2013 5:00 AM

Don't forget heroism of D-Day

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I began my search about 30 minutes ago. Looking at the online editions of major newspapers and news sources, I am at a loss for words and emotion. Time and time again important dates come and go and no reported news. I guess we are too busy to remember. That is what I always hear: I am too busy.

Today (as I write this), June 6, is the 69th anniversary of D-Day. At 6:30 a.m. on this date in 1944, over 150,000 men stormed the beaches at Normandy. More than 2,000 American lives lost.

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The Normandy campaign brought Allied troops into Germany and led to the eventual surrender of the Nazis. D-Day brought the liberation of France and eventually ended the war, liberating Europe.

Words cannot describe the level of sacrifice and heroism. It was different time, and a different mindset.

There was one article in the Boston Herald titled "D-Day Vet: 'We made a difference.'" Maybe in a small way, we can make difference by taking time in our schedule to thank a vet, financially support today's veterans, remember those still fighting the war on terrorism, and/or at the very least say a prayer of thanksgiving and support for those who sacrificed everything on that morning of June 6, 1944.

Steve O'Connor

Lake Zurich

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