If you are reading this, you have at least three things to be thankful for:
One, you woke up today to enjoy a relatively beautiful Thursday.
Two, no matter how bad you think you have it, you are living in the best time in human history. The people of today’s global civilizations have it better than those of past generations by every measurable standard.
Three, you live in a time where you have more freedoms than ever before. As Americans, we get to live as we wish all because of the sacrifices of others.
All of these things to be thankful for were paid for by our troops on days like today 75 years ago. On the morning of June 6, 1944 Allied Troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in a joint motion by the name of Operation Overlord, commonly referred to as D-Day. They all knew the dangers. They all knew that many would not survive the day, and if they did, it was only to face more fighting as the Western Front pushed deeper into Europe. In spite of all of this however, they selflessly charged the beaches to rid the world of the true evil that was Hitler and the Nazi Party. By the end of the day, over there would be over 10,000 casualties. Thousands of young men, many younger than myself, would die on those beaches. Many never even made it out of the sea. These men would never get to home to their loved ones, never get to enjoy another beautiful summer day, and never get to enjoy the freedoms that they paid the ultimate sacrifice for to preserve.
Today, we can enjoy a world of freedoms because of the sacrifices made by our troops 75 years ago and through the continued sacrifices of our troops today. These brave young men, America’s Greatest Generation, fought true evil, paying for it with blood, sweat, tears, and their lives. So next time you call someone who doesn’t share your same beliefs “Hitler” or a “Nazi” please remember the circumstances of the European Theater of WWII. This was a conflict on a scale never before seen. A mass effort to rid the world of an organized evil never before witnessed, and now, to label anyone else with such a title only dishonors and degrades our troops’ fight for freedom against such a terrible enemy. #RememberDDay