Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Thank You Note

Sixty-two years ago, while Europe slept, tens thousands of men in airplanes and ships teetered on the razor's edge of destiny. Would Western Civilization be plunged "into the abyss of a new Dark Age," or would we once again "move forward into broad, sunlit uplands." The question stood to be decided by tens of thousands of free men, one man at a time.

Farmers, teachers, shopkeepers, delinquents, professors, West Point grads, and high school dropouts prepared to cast their bodies into the night sky or wade to the beach through a malestrom of metal that had been pre-sighted to inflict maximum harm.

They succeeded, on this day, D-Day. Live this day, of all days, in gratitude.

(Note: The picture above is Captain Richard Winters who led the "Band of Brothers" and who is now living in quiet retirement. Click here to learn more about this amazing man.)

4 comments:

TriBoomer said...

Greyhound,

Thank you for reminding us all of this historic day. Long ago and far away I was a young lieutenant in the 101st Airborne Division. Stories of Captain Richards were nearly required reading by all commissioned officers.

His leadership of his infantry company is legendary and inspires soldiers to this day.

Hats off, stand tall, and sing the 101st Fight Song:

"We have a rendezvous with destiny,
Our strength and courage strike the spark,
That will always make men free!"

"Jump right down through the skies of blue,
Keep your eye on the job to be done."

"We’re the men of the Hundred-First
We’ll fight till the battle’s won!"

TriBoomer said...

[Note to reader: In my earlier post I got the subject's name wrong. Damn near blasphemy. What follows is my corrected comment.]


Greyhound,

Thank you for reminding us all of this historic day. Long ago and far away I was a young lieutenant in the 101st Airborne Division. Stories of Major Winters were nearly required reading by all commissioned officers.

His leadership of his infantry company is legendary and inspires soldiers to this day.

Hats off, stand tall, and sing the 101st Fight Song:

"We have a rendezvous with destiny,
Our strength and courage strike the spark,
That will always make men free!"

"Jump right down through the skies of blue,
Keep your eye on the job to be done."

"We’re the men of the Hundred-First
We’ll fight till the battle’s won!"

Deb said...

Nice blog Greyhound. I love the quote from your previous post...very true. Nice closing on your profile too, "impossible to outgive good friendships". How true!

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