Imagine the terror and courage, the absolute fear and bravery it would've taken to approach that beach. You're unable to see the enemy above you, but you go anyway knowing your disadvantage.
The gunfire around you drowned out by the haunting silence of salty waves splashing in your face as your metal boat clanks and rocks with the tumultuous sea. The heartbeats of your fellow soldiers are in synchronization and palpable.
Your brothers grasp crosses, stars, crescents and dog tags tightly with their fists. They kiss photos of their loved ones, not knowing if they'll ever return home for weddings, for birthdays, or their childrens' first steps.
Imagine the patriotism and the loyalty to your country's ideals. What it would take to not freeze, to not cower in fear, to ascend up the hill toward fortified machine-gun bunkers and hundreds of land mines.
Imagine the trust and sheer conviction necessary to follow leaders' orders, believing full heartedly your cause is just. Imagine the leadership, faith and humility required to send Americans into such a harrowing battle.
George Patton said, "Courage isn't vacant of fear, it's facing the issue in the midst of that fear."
They call them the Greatest Generation for good reason. Less than 4% are living, but the legacy WWII vets leave reminds us of how hard Americans have fought for freedom and the meaning of their sacrifices.
Of 4,414 Allied deaths, 2,501 Americans honorably died on this day, June 6, 1944, during #DDay for liberty and justice for the world.
Imagine the peace and elation looking down knowing those sacrifices are still honored 76 years later. Today, we acknowledge that the tragedy and triumph of the invasion of Normandy helped liberate millions of people from the clutches of genocide and secured victory against evil.
Your bravery is not unsung. You did not die in vain. We are profoundly and eternally grateful. Thank you. bit.ly/ddyqts