Today is the 68th anniversary of the D-Day landings in northern France, landings which doomed the Nazis and meant the war in Europe had less than one year to go. By this hour, about 1 p.m., the landing forces were getting off Omaha Beach and linking with airborne forces and those at Utah. That meant we would not be thrown back into the sea and the General Eisenhower could forget about releasing the note he wrote accepting all blame in the event of failure.
Normandy cost many lives but it saved many others from Nazi/Soviet barbarity. The number of survivors who were actually on that beach is dwindling and we should thank them. We must remember the carnage of Omaha, where one unit suffered something like 90 percent casualities.
We must remember the spirit that allowed us to win.
There are challenges ahead, but we can face them.