Sunday, June 06, 2004
My mother remembers being out in the mint field when all of the sirens and bells began ringing throughout the county. They began dancing and running through the fields celebrating the victory. Even not being as knowledgeable about what was going on - she says they knew the war had taken a turn. That night as the family gathered in the living room for evening prayers she thanked God for our brave Soldiers and asked for His grace for their families.
The first time I ever really learned about D Day was in my history class. I was fortunate enough to have a teacher that really appreciated and understood D Day and it's impact in our world at that time. Even though we were burdened with the memories of Viet Nam this teacher taught us pride in our past, pride in our military. D-Day was looked at through stories of survivors, those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. We discussed how the war was won on that day - Freedom Prevailed. Though the supreme strategy of our Military, the determination of our Troops and the support of the citizens of the world.
Matt, Blackfive, has pulled together fabulous group of Bloggers that have told the story of D-Day with incredible insight. Take the time to read. It is a great day in history and we must not forget the sacrifices of those coalition troops that made this happen.
This morning I was fortunate enough to hear President Bush's speech in Normandy. Our President did us proud. It was beautiful and moving. Clearly on of his best speeches.
This is a day to remember. This is a day to honor. This is a day to be grateful.