Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Say, it's 6-6, right?

That's right. To much of the world, it's hype about 6-6-6 or a chance to launch a movie or book. To me, it's D-Day.

There are many D-Days, and important ones for sure. But this is the D-Day. I remember. Today we remember that 62 years ago, the largest seaborne invasion in history was underway. People rightfully recall this day as the beginning of the end for the Third Reich, and it surely was.

But it was also the beginning of a long, hard fight for us. Indeed, it was the end for many were ending the enemy's conquest of Europe. It is always this way, and much, yes most, of the record of this steely heroism is washed away like the blood from the beaches of Normandy.

Last year, I recounted such a hero who landed a few days after the initial invasion and fought in the Battle of the Hedgerows.

Such stories go on and on ... and on. We need to tell them, and we need to hear from our veterans. Reality endures, but memories fade.

What I love about remembering D-Day is that America and her allies saddled up and rode to the battle ... to play offense, if you will. And America did so in overwhelming fashion. We played to win.

This we know from looking at the history of the world: All free nations will play defense in war. All of them.

Some free nations will play offense. D-Day was offense. Offense has risks, but the risks of not playing offense are far greater. You have to play offense to win wars.

And winning wars is required to stay free. This is still so. Memories fade, but reality endures.

D-Day reminds us to do what's necessary to stay free.