Today is the 74th Anniversary of D-Day. Between 4,000 and 5,000 Allied soldiers died that day in June 1944, no one is really sure. We know that many of them did not even make it onto dry land, and thousands more would be killed in the days immediately following.
If you serve, or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, we thank you.
Remember our fallen warriors.
Whatever the reason, these men and women have chosen a vocation that routinely requires sacrifice, sometime of the ultimate kind. That is why today is their day, a day for them to be proud, and the rest of us to be proud of them.
When I was younger, Memorial Day was just another holiday, another day off from school or from work. It was the Indy 500 and barbeques. It's not that I wasn't patriotic-- I was, but even though I knew that people had died for my country the idea of a fallen hero was still an abstract.