I've tried for many years, but simply cannot fathom the level of guts it took to step out of one of these 68 years ago and move ashore up onto & across that beach.
Allied Commander Dwight Eisenhower sent all the men a message as they headed across the Channel toward Hitler's "Fortress Europe."
See all the signatures on this copy? This is Sgt. Bob Slaughter's copy. Sgt. Slaughter--age 19--was a squad leader in Company D of the 116th Infantry of the 29th Division on 6/6/44. Thus, he was one of the first men ashore that day. (I didn't have sense enough to come in out of the rain when I was 19, let alone lead mean ashore under heavy fire.) On the boat the night before the attack, he passed his copy of Gen. Eisenhower's telegram around and got the guys in his unit to sign it. One day later, by dusk on 6/6/44, half these men were no longer alive. You should read this article about Sgt. Slaughter, written by his granddaughter. Sgt. Slaughter recently passed away at 87 years old.
War is always hell. And sometimes it is absolutely necessary. When such times arise, I thank God for me like Bob Slaughter who have the guts & the will needed to put on a uniform & bear arms.
Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus! But until that grand & glorious Day, THANK YOU for those who put on uniforms, take up weapons, and go to war. Especially today for those who did so on June 6, 1944.