|Subject: Re: To Commemorate D-Day's Heroism!|
I read with interest all the D-Day messages. Part of the privilege of being in this group is learning the diverse ways of our cultures & how when it comes right down to the basics, we are all human beings just trying to get through this life. My deceased husband was in WW II battles through N. Germany & Holland, in the late months of 1944. He didn't even tell his "war stories" for over 40 years but had nightmares until he died & carried scars & shrapnel forever. Being caught behind enemy lines for 21 days without food & being the 4th man back when the 1st "dogface" tripped a Bouncing Betty land mine are almost unbelievable. First soldier died immediately, 2nd one in a few minutes, 3rd one lived a day or so. My husband was hit in the knee & waited two weeks in a field hospital to be operated on. That was his 2nd war wound. In the 1st he got all his teeth knocked out when an enemy soldier hit him in the face with the butt of his gun. War is not glorious but we do need to remember the sacrifices that our young people have made to keep us all free. My US Air Force son is now serving in the Middle East.
I visited Normandy twice, unfortunately after my husband died. It is a beautiful, rural, peaceful place for our brave young people to rest forever. I remember especially Point Du Hoc where the rangers kept coming up the face of the cliff to meet enemy fire, even though 2/3 of them didn't make it. And the German cemetery in Normandy is very haunting with the small granite crosses and so many young men buried there.
I've watched with interest this weekend's TV coverage of Normandy & how so many world leaders have come together to remember. Surely there is hope for the future.
Carol Bailey in rainy Priest Lake, Idaho