The ranks of those among us who were in that historic event are thinning daily. Nevertheless the world shall always owe a debt of gratitude to them and to all who served in that war.
Thirty years ago on June third, I flew to Europe from JFK and had the good fortune to be on a plane loaded with vets and their spouses who were making the trip back to the scene of their heroic efforts for a Fortieth Anniversary celebration. It was a privilege to be in their company, though some might say for a bunch of old guys and gals they were pretty rowdy! It was a celebration. A celebration of victory, of survival, and of life itself.
Now we celebrate the Seventieth Anniversary of that world-changing event. The ranks of those who were there has thinned even more now, and those who are able to return to the scene of their service and glory are few indeed.
While we will never forget, let us be sure that those who were not yet born in that day will also remember.