2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)
Monday, June 6, 2011
67 years ago men of many nations united against an evil German dictator and stormed the beaches of Normandy, France in an all out assault on "Fortress Europe". Many good men died that day on both sides of the beach. Yes, I said it, both sides. Along side of fanatical Nazi SS troops that day were thousands of German conscripts that followed the same code of honor in serving their country when called like American troops did. There were also thousands of conscripted troops in field grey uniforms from countries that had fallen to the Third Reich that were also pressed into a fight for their lives that day against their will. All suffered and are remembered today.
I remember the countless American, British and Canadians that stormed beaches with names like Omaha, Utah, Juno and Sword. I salute the Airborne troops that jumped disoriented into the night sky miles from their targets yet fought onward making their own ad-hoc battle teams, objectives and plans on the go. I salute the Navy personnel who supported the assaults with both arms and materials and the coxswains who steered their landing craft deftly into the fact of enemy fire to deliver the troops. I salute the free French that rose up against their German oppressors that day when they heard that "John has a long mustache"..
Most of all I remember those that never got a chance to see their deeds played out by the likes of John Wayne, Henry Ford, Tom Hanks and others on the big and small screens. The thousands that are buried in graveyards in France and farther inland and the thousands whose bodies were never recovered on and after that day. We take if for granted today that if a troop is lost in battle in Iraq or Afghanistan that the body will be recovered and returned to the U.S. in a few days for a burial with the family. Back then that was just not possible. Most troops were buried locally and their personal effects mailed back to the family as space allowed in transit. Mostly, a post card from the War Department was all that most families got in the way of notification. I also remember the families that received that dreadful post card after that fateful day.