The flags lining various locales throughout our community and others the past few weeks have been set up to honor those men and women of our armed forces who paid the ultimate price in defense of our freedom. Obviously, that period of remembrance centered around Memorial Day, and all of our service men and women who died in conflicts around the world.
But right on the heels of Memorial Day sits the anniversary of one of the most noted and important days in this young nation’s history — D-Day.
On June 6, 1944, Allied forces launched the invasion of Normandy, France, occupied at the time by Germany. Codenamed Operation Neptune, troops took part in the largest seaborne invasion in history, restored that territory to France and contributed heavily to victory in World War II.
The minds behind the invasion knew it would come at a great cost to human lives, as did the troops storming the beaches. Many of those servicemen have described the fear they had in their minds as they prepared to launch the assault, the silence amongst their brothers-in-arms and the sorrow at knowing many of them would not return home to their families and loved ones.
But they went. And they fought. Oh, how they fought.
Had they failed in this attack, there is no way in knowing how the rest of the war would have gone, or how the world would be today if the results of that war had changed.
What we do know is they went. They fought. And they won.
We ask that everyone thinks about the courage and patriotism these brave men showed in the face of horror. Don’t let their sacrifices and honor die in history books. Keep the flags flying for them.