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Editorial: Honoring D-Day

Posted: June 4, 2018 3:20 p.m.
Updated: June 5, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Tomorrow is the 74th anniversary of D-Day, the Normandy Invasion, the longest day, and the largest invasion ever mounted in all of history.

Although they undoubtedly knew it would be rough, they probably only had a vague notion of what they would face. None of them could have possibly known the sheer enormity of what they were about to do. All of it was dirty, dangerous and deadly; everyone who hit the beach that day certainly left a piece of themselves there.

Too many never left those beaches.

Even now, with the benefit of hindsight and history, it is difficult to process just what a task was placed before them and what a monumental and heroic achievement it was to complete that task.

But they did it.

Although we are now nearly three quarters of a century away from that fateful day and sadly, most of them are no longer with us, we should never, ever forget them. Indeed, the more the years span between then and now, the more we need to remember what they did, cherish those who are still here, and hope they know how grateful we are for what they did. They all deserve our honor and our heartfelt thanks – always.

It’s not at all a stretch to say they saved the world.

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