62 years ago today, the United States invaded France at Normandy. My grandfather was a paratrooper that day and was fortunate to survive. He landed in a tree, breaking a leg and hanging there for 2 days. Had he landed successfully, odds are he would have been killed as many of his friends were. I remember him today, along with all the others who sacrificed themselves for their country. Those sacrifices allow you and I to enjoy the freedoms we have today. We forget that at our own peril.
We are in a war today that has thus far required few sacrifices of that magnitude. It is a war we don’t really experience in our day-to-day lives in the same way that my grandmother and those of her generation experienced WWII. I have to believe that my grandfather would be unable to understand how we could be at war without sacrifice. I have a hard time understanding that myself.
Lexington Green has more with links over at Chicago Boyz .
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