76 years ago you embarked on something that had never been done before. 156,000 of you were dropped on the beaches in Normandy.
156,000 just imagine that. It is the equivalent of a medium sized city, like Alexandria in Virginia USA.
Not all 156,000 made it, thousands died even before they reached the beaches.
Utah Beach;Omaha Beach;Gold Beach;Juno Beach and Sword Beach are now just beaches filled with sunbathers on a sunny day. How many of those sunbathers realize the sacrifices made on that sand, Sacrifices to secure their freedom, sacrifices so that they can walk,cycle, or just lie down in the sand.
How many know?
At time I despair at how many of these hard fought liberties are eroded by so called political correct agendas.
They call you the greatest generation, simply because you are.
I am thankful for what you have done. I will never ever forget the battles you fought to secure my freedom. The battles often fought seemingly in vain because so many died, But eventually you were the victors. We should therefor never be victims.
I salute each single one of you may you still walk on this earth or gone in peace in that big place in the sky.
The operation was called Operation Overlord- Overlord has turned 76 today. 76 years, 912 months.
One of the definitions of a hero is “a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character”
Mercer G. Abernathy was such a person and even though I don’t know him it is with a 100% certainty I can state he was a hero.
I know nothing of this man except for his Army records and a page of his high school year book, and that he was born on December 29, 1924. in Texas
He doesn’t even have a grave because he died in Germany or the Netherlands missing In Action as navigator on a B17 Flying Fortress.
All that he is remembered by is his name on a memorial marker in the Netherlands American War Cemetery in Margraten near Maastricht in the Netherlands.
He died in a foreign land trying to liberate strangers from evil.
At the entrance of American War Cemetery in Margraten there is a text on a building which says
“In Memory of the Valor and sacrifices which hallow this soil”
Earlier this year I visited the cemetery and said a prayer for all of those buried there and remembered there and said a few separate prayers for a few, Mercer Greene Abernathy was one of those few for I owe so much to those men.
Dear Sir I salute you.
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