I just don't know how these boys did it.
I just don't.
If you have ever watched the opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan, you know what I am talking about.
The invasion of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 is one of the bravest, most courageous, and jaw-dropping moments in world history. History's greatest and most savage war was about to turn for the better, but not without some grave sacrifices by our boys first.
I cannot imagine what it must have been like to have been a young lad of 19 or so, scared half to death, as you're about to land in dangerous and lethal German occupied territory at that time. I can vividly remember Tom Hanks' character as his hands shaked just as they were about to land on the beach.
We take so much for granted. We really do. Our homes, our cars, our jobs, our leisurely activities. If we stop to think about what these brave men risked and how many were lost just on that one D-Day alone, we would begin to appreciate how they literally saved the world from the horrors of Nazism, and gave us the life we still enjoy sixty years later.
To all those heroes, fallen and still standing, I salute thee.
Happy Memorial Day.