The right weather for a solemn day


We visited Omaha Beach and the American cemetery, the site of the D-Day landings on a gloomy and drizzly day.  It seemed appropriate for the experience.  Before coming here it didn’t really hit me how many young people gave up their own futures so that we could have one, and went off to a place where they knew no one thousands of miles from their own homes that at that time were not actually threatened.  At the same time I’m thinking about the fires close to our home and just a tiny taste of what it might feel like to be endangered.  The people of Europe were suffering immeasurably and Americans helped relieve their suffering.

The artist of “The Braves” wrote:  I created this sculpture to honor the courage of these men: sons, husbands, fathers, who endangered and often sacrificed their lives in the hope of freeing the French people.The Wings of Hope so that the spirit which carried these men on June 6, 1944 continues to inspire us, reminding us that together it is always possible to change the future. So that the example of those who rose against barbarity, helps us remain standing strong against all forms of inhumanity.  So that this surge of brotherhood always reminds us of our responsibility towards others as well as ourselves.  On June 6, 1944 these men were more than soldiers, they were our brothers.

 

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