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Remembering June 6, 1944, D-Day

I won’t do this very often, but let me recommend some reading to you from The Kansas City Star. In today’s paper, Lee Hill Kavanaugh tells four different stories from men who served and fought on June 6, 1944. It’s a moving and inspiring peace, and an important one for all of us to read and take to heart.

A couple weeks ago was Memorial Day, and we spent an hour talking about what Memorial Day means to you. I will be out of the studio tonight, but we will be replaying that show. And as a call to action, I might ask you what the anniversary of D-Day means to you. If you have a relative, a friend, an acquaintance who fought on June 6, 1944, let me know about it. I think it’s important for us to always remember the most important acts of service for our country, whether it’s the current men and women serving or our grandparents who served 60 years ago.

Click here to read Kavanaugh’s piece in today’s Kansas City Star.

At 2 in the morning on June 6, 1944, the captains of Allied ships bound for Normandy made an announcement: Breakfast was served. Religious services to follow.

The soldiers and sailors had been waiting for this moment - training, practicing, preparing. They knew daybreak would bring the battle of their lives.

Many came to their end there. The Normandy American Cemetery holds the graves of 9,387 U.S. service members. Those who have survived are in their 80s and 90s, looking back on full lives 65 years later.

One thing unites them: a memory of a place so burned into their souls, one veteran says, it’s “as if it happened yesterday.”

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    9:52 am

    Chuck,

    I guess every squirrel finds a nut once in a while, hard to beleive that story came out of the falling Star. Thanks for sharing! I encourage anyone to read. It’s stories like that humble me. I can’t even imagine what people have to complain about today when you think about what these people went through. Instead they want me Big Brother to do everything for them. A majority of this nation has become a bunch of wimps.

    Andrew

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