As we near the end of the year, there is reason to reflect on other times of hardship and dislocation. We have reasons to seek perspective and to ponder, with gratitude, the many people today who are seeking to find the humanity in our unresolved problems.
During World War II, even during the most dangerous and bloody periods of the fighting, people understood the critical importance of relaxation and fun.
A month after the German surrender, Dwight Eisenhower visited London to express his thanks to the victorious armies, and his appreciation for the sacrifices made during the war. He brought with him a message of lasting unity.
World-changing events hung in the balance on this day in 1944, hours before the Normandy invasion known as D-Day. A pivotal decision, countless sacrifices, and the heroism of Allied troops, resulted in the liberation of Europe.
This Memorial Day, join me in paying tribute to those who gave their lives for our country and for causes greater than themselves. I will remember one such person, who has brought considerable meaning to my own life: Pvt. Frank E. Mackey.
Considerable ink has been devoted to reviews of “The Monuments Men,” the newest World War II story to hit the movie theaters.
Would you or I have shown the same courage, humanity and enduring spirit?