On June 6th, 1944, tens of thousands of American heroes gave up every last shred of safety for liberty. Sadly, Americans are now giving up their liberty for safety.
Firefighters, police, EMT's, soldiers showed up, first by the score, then by the dozen, finally by the hundreds. Each hero committing their own separate acts of courage great and small.
Three-quarters of a century later, we still remember the brave men who stormed those beaches for our freedom and what their countless acts of bravery mean to us today.
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.
How would those who died in the War of 1812 react to football players not honoring the Star Spangled Banner, a song written about the flag some of them literally died to defend?
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.