WHO CARES FOR THE DEAD AT NORMANDY?

Many of the Western Leaders will gather at Normandy, France this Friday to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Landings, by American, British and Canadian Forces, on June 6, 1944.  Those Landings–at a considerable loss of Young Lives–turned the tide in World War II.  The Survivors from that Fateful Day–at least those who can still travel–will be there, as well.  Since they are now in their 90s, however, this will probably be their last chance to commemorate that Day–and honor their fallen comrades.

The linked article, by Alexandria Sage, from Reuters, provides a touching description of what goes on at the several Cemeteries (American, British and Canadian), day-in, and day-out.  Although this article is specific to the American Cemetery, the same care and devotion is given the burial places of the other Allied Heroes, as well.  To me, this is a very touching and, perhaps, poetic story: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/30/us-d-day-cemetery-idUSKBN0EA1CH20140530,

As I read Ms. Sage’s article, it makes me think of those splendid words from President Abraham Lincoln’s speech at Gettysburg, Pa., some eighty years before, when he said: “…The World will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but can never forget what they did here…”  The story of the successive generations of French who have cared for the Gravesides is quite enthralling, and reflects the love and devotion which they provide.

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  1. #1 by Ethan Rogati on June 6, 2014 - 10:53 AM

    Thank you, Sir.

  2. #2 by maxcat06 on June 7, 2014 - 6:18 PM

    I watched many of the special commemorations this past Friday. The French people have not forgotten. For that matter, neither have the British: I have a friend who hails from Nottingham and is about to become an American citizen. She posted to Facebook how proud she was to have ties to
    both countries now. She grew up hearing stories from her parents about living through the blitz and wartime England.

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