As many of you are likely aware, via the many outlets available to us in today’s world, today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
Last evening after I got home from work, My wife and I decided to get a few things done around home and since it was an absolute beautiful evening we ventured out on our motorcycle. Just a quick hop on the cruiser in God’s Country. As we rode towards Otter Tail we were taking in the beautiful scenery, a trip through our local farm country always amazes me, especially on the bike. We stopped in Otter Tail, and as we talked about the nice evening, I looked at Facebook and saw a post from a friend that stopped me in my tracks. It made me just pause and think about the generation of those that served in 1944, words cannot sum up what I was thinking about so I will simply share the words of my friend Tom Kavanaugh , he shared this:
“On the eve of the D-Day Anniversary, the great crusade by the greatest generation to defeat tyranny in World War 2, I always read the note shared by General Eisenhower to the Troops of the Allied Forces and Thank God for that generation and their amazing bravery in keeping our nation free.
“Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force: You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.
But this is the year 1944! The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!
I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.
We will accept nothing less than full victory!
Good luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
Thanks Tom for this huge reminder, Our bike ride home was FULL of gratitude.