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We have to remember; we must never forget.
Some 1,000 people showed up Monday at the National D-Day Memorial for the annual Memorial Day ceremony there.
Wherever we are, we must never forget.
The price of our freedom has been too high to forget.
The cost to countless families over the years must always be honored: mothers mourning the loss of a child; spouses the loss of a partner; children the loss of a parent. A nation the loss of its innocence.
Monday was a chance to remember; so is next Thursday, June 6—the 69th anniversary of the Invasion at Normandy.
The Memorial stands as a beacon of remembrance, on both counts.
On Monday, three more plaques were dedicated—two which honored the service of American and British forces and the other honoring the service of an American anti-aircraft army unit. As Chase Purdy noted in his Landmark News Service story, those have already been posted in the expansive memorial, alongside so many others that bear the names of men and women who died in the line of duty.
Purdy’s story noted that one veteran said this: “I walk around and I see the names on these walls and I understand what their families went through and the sacrifices they made. It makes you feel real humble.”
Yes, it does. We must never forget
Stated D-Day Foundation Co-President April Cheek-Messier on the event: “Let us remember the many lives lost. Let us remember those who laid down their lives willingly.”
And she concluded by stating, “How do we honor them? By remembering them.”
This, we must do.
And with great pride; and much humility.