Anyone who hasn’t been at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia ought to find the time to go.  As the world slowly forgets and especially when heads of state seem to think they have more important things to do than honor the rebirth of freedom, be it in Normandy or where the Berlin Wall had once stood, it becomes ever more important for us, the people, to honor those who had given the world another chance on that fateful morning of 1944.

It is all there to behold and to ponder upon.

Ike talking to the troops before the invasion…

His simple, eloquent words to the invading forces…

A monumental tribute to the act of the invasion…

…to the troops scaling the escarpments on Omaha Beach…

…to all the known Allied dead of the first 24 hours…

…and to those as yet unknown…

All presented selflessly by the aging survivors to the innocent young.

And, perhaps most moving, a gift by the people of Trévières, a town in Normandy, who honored the D-Day Memorial by providing a replica of a World War One monument in  Trévières that had been damaged during the post-invasion fighting in 1944, with an inscription that contains the following words:

“Like the original at Trévières, this reproduction…bears wounds received during battle, a testimony to the disastrous consequences of war, the ephemeral character of victory and the fragility of peace.  Its presence at the National D-Day Memorial is a mute yet eloquent proof of the fact that peace is the result of vigilance and justice, and not a chance outcome of complaisance or indifference.  The damaged [statue of] Nike is an impassioned tribute to the valor, fidelity and sacrifices of the Allies forces to whom we owe the precious legacy of liberty.”


About Michael J. Kubat

I'm a grumpy Czech-born clinical social worker who is vitally interested in the survival in the United States as a viable democracy and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
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