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Their Sacrifice is Remembered on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Last updated on August 21, 2020

Soldiers of C Company 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment are silhouetted against the setting sun during operations in Afghanistan in June 2014.(Photo Credit: Cpl Daniel Wiepen)

June 6th, 2019 is the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy. It was the turning point of World War II. Thousands of soldiers from different countries risked their lives for something greater themselves. These men exemplified courage that is not only admirable but commendable.

The political atmosphere of this country is sickening. Donald Trump and fifteen other heads of states paid their respects in Europe. However, news outlets such as the New York Times released an article with the headline: “The Donald Thinks D-Day Is About Him.”

Granted it is in the opinion column, but there is no mention of the respectful service held for the thousands of soldiers dying. The author of the column omitted the fact that the president met with veterans and thanked them for their service. Instead,  he writes, “Of this, Trump understands nothing. Therefore he cannot comprehend the sacrifice at Omaha Beach 75 years ago.”

This is not only an unwarranted accusation but rather an unnecessary one. Fox News released an article saying, “D-Day veteran, 93, jokingly flirts with Melania in front of Trump: ‘If only I was 20 years younger.” Who Cares? The reason people don’t trust the media is that they omit monumental facts, focus on Trump’s ego, or write about an old guy hitting on the FLOTUS.

This much is simple: anyone that lives in America is privileged. The poorest people in America statistically are richer than the poorest of any other country on a global scale.

America holds the largest GDP in the world and the eighth largest in terms of per capita. America is home to Silicon Valley, Tesla, Space X, and NASA making it the most technologically advanced country in the world.

Our current state is due to the sacrifice of the men that stormed Omaha beach. The simple truth is that freedom is not free. We were able to thwart off the rise of tyranny and communism within Europe through the efforts of the fallen.

Simply put: the American people need to be reminded of the basic liberties preserved through the years.

The right of free speech, the right to assemble, freedom of the press, and religious freedom are the most fundamental rights that not even half the world’s population holds.   

The young men that were drafted in the military at the age of 18 made the ultimate sacrifice when they sprinted across the sands of Omaha beach. They died with honor, courage, and valor. We honor their legacy by molding America into the country of freedom. We commemorate the fallen.

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