D-Day 70 Years Later -- Sightings (Jeanne Bishop)
Seventy years ago today allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy. Thousands died that day, and many more would die in the months to come, but with that landing the tide turned and Adolph Hiltler's mad plan to rule Europe was turned back. Less than a year later he would be dead and the war in Europe would be over. I approach war with deep ambivalence. I do not see it as the choice of first resort, but sometimes, as in this case I don't know that there was any other choice. The youngest persons making a landing that day would be in their late 80s today. My mother turned fourteen a day later. My father was already serving in the Navy. He wasn't at Normandy, but he was part of the war effort. Whatever our views on war, I think it is worth stopping today and remembering lives lost, and a tide turned in a war that unfortunately didn't end wars. This appeared at Sightings yesterday, but it is most appropriate today.