We are almost half way through 2018. The summer months are coming up. Our monthly Detachment meeting on June 6th is the 74th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy France. I took this write-up off the internet describing that day.
“On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops”.
Today, we as Americans, should pause and take a moment of silence to reflect and remember what happened that day. Many of us have family members who may have participated in the Battles of World War II. We even have a few Detachment members who were in this War.
Some of you may have participated in various Memorial Day ceremonies across the state to honor the men and women who lost their lives defending the freedom that we all enjoy today. Personally, I was in Washington, DC for Rolling Thunder and attended the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial Wall. I honored and remembered the friends I grew up with and the Marines & Corpsman I served with who lost their lives in Viet Nam.
Don’t forget to keep in your thoughts and prayers all those Men & Women who wear the uniform of our Military Services who are away from home in another state or some country around the globe; and don’t forget those who are deployed all around the world protecting our Freedom for those countries that cannot do it alone.
Let’s continue to support our Detachment and make it even better. Look to bring in new members so we can grow. We all should be thankful for what we have and to enjoy our Family, Friends and the Camaraderie of serving our Country and Corps.
Semper Fi, Neas Out