Tuesday, June 05, 2007

June 6, 2007. D-Day Remembered: The Greatest Generation Return to Normandy

Normandy France is quiet now, and has returned to a slow, simple, agrarian life. The days when it was a battlefield as the free world fought the forces of oppresssion are long gone. World War II ended more than 60 years ago, an earlier century, an earlier millenium. France is free, and its citizens again choose its destiny.

As old men, the American soldiers now known as the "Greatest Generation" return to the land that they fought for in their youth. They take pictures of other old men. They shake hands. Separated by language, they know one word in common, and they speak it to one another: "Brother."

Returning to Normandy is an emotional experience for the American men who landed on the beaches Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. They travel there to show their families where they landed, where they fought. They pay their respects at the graves of friends, they walk on the beach, and they remember.

D-Day. 2007. With thanks to those who gave so much. With hopes that one day, today's young Americans can return to a free country which was the battlefield of their youth, shake hands with its citizens, and call one another "brother." Note: The gentlemen pictured above are both US World War II veterans, and were both at Normandy.

Previous post on the Normandy American Cemetery


Blogger Balaji said...

I thank all the people who fought against the Nazi's...

Jun 6, 2007, 8:00:00 AM  

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