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Another D-Day Has Quietly Come and Gone

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“That road to V-E Day was hard and long, and traveled by weary and valiant men. And history will always record where that road began. It began here, with the first footprints on the beaches of Normandy.” – President George W. Bush

I am very disappointed to report that even though last Monday was the seventy-second anniversary of one of the most tragic, yet courageous days of our nation’s military history (D-Day), there was very limited coverage on any mainstream media source.

Like so much of our history in recent years, I fear that this too may be swept away, lost between the pages of a book becoming imaginary to future generations. A bloody war, fought in an old and tired continent, would end a year after this great battle. If not for the thousands of dead English, Canadian, French and American soldiers on those beaches, we would be living in an entirely different world today.

So why is it that we allow the media to phase out what society deems as important and replace it with baby napping gorillas and deceased celebrities?

Today, the trend appears to be disappointment in the idea of being an American. Every day in the media, some politician somewhere brings up an apology to some new people or demographic in a far off land for something that was done generations ago, while in our schools, our youth are being taught “both sides of the story.” If this comes as news to you, then by modern standards, you are seen as the problem; too patriotic and overly American.

In progressive America, nothing irritates the liberal masses more than nostalgia of a stronger, greater America of years past. This is because in the mind of a progressive, the only way America can be successful is to operate under their ever-expanding mode of governance.

Modern progressives create a platform for which it becomes easier to achieve their political aspirations by shifting our attention away from the past triumph and sacrifice that gave us liberty and individual freedom, instead focusing on our failures and mistakes.

On June 6, 1944, approximately 2,500 United States soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines lost their lives. Like waves on the rocks, they fought against a wall of machine gun fire and bombs to secure a beachhead at Normandy, France that would lead to the eventual liberation of Europe.

Thousands more were wounded and many more men died wearing the uniforms of foreign nations also engaged in the fight for liberty. Were it not for these hardened men and young boys with the will to provide a better future for themselves and their children, we would live in a world unrecognizable to us today.

Pay tribute to these men and the legacy of self sacrifice and honor that they left us. Write an opinion piece to your local paper this time next year, share your own war stories, or simply have a moment of silence around your kitchen table on the day of this great sacrifice. Lest we forget.

About Dominic DeLuca

Dominic DeLuca is currently a Junior in the Environmental Science program at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. He serves as Chairman of the University of Maine at Fort Kent College Republicans, and as Treasurer of the Maine Federation of College Republicans.

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