THE PRIDE OF OUR NATION

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The theater of battle was filled with trucks, tanks, warships and frightened men who weren’t sure of ever returning home.  As they faced what seemed to be an unbeatable force, the fear of death had to be at the forefront of their minds.

There were the seasoned officers, who had already faced death.  There were the non-commissioned officers on the ground who  took over for their commanding officers as they fell in battle.  There were the young, frightened, shell shocked and those who had no clue what lay ahead for them.

Our young people don’t hear much about these decisive battles anymore.  Unfortunately history has become  something that offends rather than teaches.  Do we not have an obligation to look at our past so these things will never have to happen again – or at least at such a great cost?  Our kids need to know about the courage of placing your life on the line for your country.  They have to be taught about the perils of war – the blood shed – the wounded warriors returning without limbs and scarred emotionally for the rest of their lives.

Those young men sat waiting to face death, huddled in landing crafts with only their fears to assail them and their prayers to give them strength and comfort. Adrenaline was pumping, courage was building, their short lives passed quickly before their eyes. The seas remained rough, the skies filled with dark clouds as the waves crashed as the weight of it all grew heavy.  When they reached the beach, the ramp would be lowered and two hundred troops would emerge with guns drawn, to face a  barrage of certain death.  It was the largest amphibious invasion in history to that point.

There are still a few veterans who have memories of this battle engraved into their minds.  Those who came home would face flash backs, depression and other related emotional problems.  Many would be hailed as heroes, but few felt they deserved the honor.  The true definition of hero is someone who does what is necessary for the benefit of his fellow man without question.  They just do it.

More than 9000 allied troops lost their lives or were wounded in the invasion, but this battle would eventually allow 100,000 troops to slowly cross Europe and end the reign of terror caused by Adolf Hitler and his insane desire for power.

We owe our military a debt of gratitude.  That includes remembering them with great honor and thanks.  It has been 75 years since the invasion at Normandy, but we should never forget the cost.  In defense of their country and for the cause of freedom, these troops were not only able to fight the battle, but to win the war.

“When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. And when you draw near to the battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people and shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’ ”  Deuteronomy 20:1-4

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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8 Responses to THE PRIDE OF OUR NATION

  1. Such a beautiful tribute to these brave men. Thank you.

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  2. hatrack4 says:

    I did not think of D-Day until the day arrived. Then again, today is the 75th anniversary of my Dad arriving on the beach.

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  3. The bravery shown by American, British, and Canadian forces on D-Day will remain extraordinary forever. We should always feel grateful for such courageous efforts displayed on the beaches of Normandy.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      It must’ve been a horrific experience for those soldiers who knew not what to expect. They simply followed order and were part of the greatest time in our history.

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      • I agree. Filmmakers have tried to capture some of the emotions that we running through the soldiers’ minds as the landing craft approached those beaches. Such courage, not even the filmmakers can fully capture it all.

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