As the sea washed over the wounded and the salt water stung the bodies that lay on the beaches of Normandy, could the world have known what freedom was given to those still in their cradles and schools -- freedom for a new world for those whose lives were saved by the brave souls in combat from around the world?
Many died, but few are still living as they were mere youths on the day of the invasion that freed victims of World War II. My age, nearly 11 years on that day, was a day that destiny decided that I would live to celebrate 70 years later the victory of the battle of Normandy in a country where these brace man and women came to a foreign soil to make us free.
The flag should be flown on the days of victory, remembering those brave men and their families who sacrificed their lives on the beaches of a country so far away.
Remember this day as we honor Independence Day, Veterans Day and many other days that allow us to live in freedom because of the ultimate gift of lives that were given. Look upon the generations that lie in freedom, new lives that have survived, contributing new wonders to our planet. Thank you, men and women who continue to keep us free and continue to keep us safe in our beds at night, as these warriors did for me 70 years ago.