Those men who landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. It certainly changed the course of the War, it was the beginning of the liberation of France and it cost us dearly in lives lost.
This spring, we went to Normandy --
A view of Omaha beach from the German view. The day we were there was quite like the day in June in 1944 . . .
And the beach itself.
Approximately 12,000 Americans lost their lives on this beach.
And at first were buried here.
Very near Omaha Beach, this first burial site.
I Stand Here Now
I stand here now
Amongst . . .brave men
With whom . . . I've stood before
The last time . . . when we landed
On June 6th of '44
Back then . . .we were all young men
Eighteen or little more
Their lives . . .cut short . . . that morning
On this distant . . . windswept shore
I stand here now . . . and wonder
What would they . . . have become
Had they survived. . . that morning
Their lives . . . allowed full run
One thing. . . I know . . .for certain
Of which . . . there is . . .no doubt
These brave young men
My pals . . .from then
Would be . . .old
White haired . . .with wrinkled brow
Just like me . . .
As I stand here. . . now
The American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach . . . American Soil, the burial place of Nine Thousand Three Hundred and Eighty-seven American Heroes . . .
Today is Veteran's Day and on the 11th hour of this 11th day of the 11th month in the 11th year of the Twenty-first century, let there be a moment of silence for all of our American heroes. The soldiers and veterans and those who didn't make it home who served our country and served it well.