Pushes Greatest Generation Off the Front Page
Everyday for the last two
weeks, in print, on talk radio, on the Internet, there has been this buzz about
June 6, 2006. 06/06/06. What will happen? Beelzebub, the Lord of the Flies and
Prince of Darkness is going to make an appearance to usher in the final conflict
between good and evil? The harbinger of the Second Coming of Christ?
More likely, this marketing blitz for the remake of “The Omen” will be forgotten
hours after the calendar page flips over to 06/07/06. Forgotten seemingly like
the sacrifice that the young men of The Greatest Generation made starting in the
pre-dawn hours of June 6th, sixty-two years ago. Forgotten like the names Omaha
and Utah, Saint-Mère-Église, St-Lo, and Pegasus Bridge.
I don’t expect parades, or a Federal Holiday, but I was surprised to see no
mention of Normandy when I clicked my web browser open today and checked the
headlines on msnbc.com. So I went to MSN. Nope. Startribune.com,
pioneerplanet.com, surly foxnews.com will have a blurb. Nothing. The only online
source I could find was CNN.com had a little video about the Normandy landings.
At the end of that day, over 3,000 Allied service men were dead - the bloodiest
single day in U.S. military history since Antietam.
Overlooking the Normandy beaches, there are rows upon rows of quiet, elegant,
white marble crosses that stand in mute tribute to each of the thousands of
Americans who fell there. The selflessness of this action is staggering to me.
These were men who were attacking an entrenched enemy on foreign soil, not for
conquest or riches, but to deliver it from the occupation of one of the most
evil men the world has ever known. It’s memory deserves more than just a passing
mention in years evenly divisible by 5.
If you want to sit around the campfire and tell ghost stories about the
anti-Christ, why don’t you start with how simple citizen soldiers gave their
lives on June 6th, 1944, to rid the world of Adolph Hitler’s evil and madness.
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