So, I missed it this year. I must have been too busy actually remembering and honoring those who served during World War II and particularly.
On June 6th, 1944 Operation Overlord begins with 6000 ships and landing craft carrying 176,000 troops, 822 aircraft carrying paratroopers, 13,000 other aircraft to provide support and air cover. These Allied troops landed at Normandy to liberate Europe from the grip of Hitler’s National Socialist nightmare and end its threat to freedom everywhere. At least 2500 of these brave men died in the fighting this first day.
Every year since that momentous battle, American Presidents have gone to the D-Day Monument or made remarks to the nation regarding D-Day on June 6th. They go to remember the struggle, to honor the dead, and to renew the promise that we should never allow evil to rise to such heights that sacrifices such as these need be made again. This is a pilgrimage deemed right and honorable and necessary by every American President… until now.
The disdain shown by our current Commander-in-Chief for the military and our veterans has long been apparent. We have seen it in his proposals to cut medical services to our veterans and make them pay out of their own pockets for treatment of their war wounds and service related injuries. While returning veterans face unemployment 30% higher than the national average, President Obama plans to cut 500,000 military personnel and add them to the unemployment rolls (though they wont receive unemployment compensation). The man cannot even be bothered to get correct the names of heroes who have been recognized with the nation’s highest award – the Medal of Honor.
I hope that for the sake of our veterans, and our country, that in 2013 an American President will return to the D-day Monument and honor those whose sacrifice ensured that he has a country to be president of.
(Thanks to my Mother for e-mailing me the story and the picture at the top of the post.)