Thanks for posting this poignant tribute about D-Day. It is always especially meaningful to me as my Dad landed with the first assault wave on Juno Beach as a member of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles. He survived the beach but was wounded in a firefight 2 days later and captured by the German SS. He spent the next year in a German POW camp. Thankfully, he returned home and lived to be 81. He was laid to rest in the Veteran's Cemetery in Victoria, B.C.Rick’s Bits ‘n Bytes, Pics and News
My Dad was at his side, Rick.
My dad served in the South Pacific and has never talked about it at all. He only talked about the men he served with. I have always felt that the war he served in was the last war actually fought for our freedom. My father will be 94 this October and is one of the few remaining from that great generation. Those men saved the world from tyranny. May we never forget their sacrifice
They really were "The Greatest Generation", Sherry. Please thank your Dad for me. Soon there won't be any of these great men left. My Dad wouldn't talk about the war, either. That's why there's a big effort to hear the stories that WWII Vets have to tell so that future generations know that we are the great country we are because of them.
I am so looking forward to going to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA this fall. We've been there before and were given a tour by a WWII vet. It was fantastic. My Dad didn't talk about the war either. I really wonder how they made it through the PTSD they must have suffered without any help. An amazing generation.
I think the men and women who served in WWII saw and suffered so horribly that even after all this time, they find it difficult to discuss. I don't think PTSD was even recognized in those days. I think you'll find the memorial to be very moving, Sandie. I hope you'll write about it.
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