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Jul. 06, 2013 @ 11:15 PM

D-Day deserves more recognition

He went off to war like a good soldier, like a man, like the others in his family who had served their country. After all, it was the "war to end all wars." And who didn't want to be a part of that? Almost 70 years later, we still wait for another war to end.

It was my uncle who went off to war and my father's family who waited for the news that he would never return. Killed in combat. It was World War II; he was killed in Normandy on D-Day, the 6th of June, 1944.

This year there was no mention of D-Day, no remembrance, no reminders. It wasn't even printed on calendars as a day to remember. Yet D-Day and the Normandy invasion began the end of WWII in Europe. Lest we forget, freedom was at stake. Many died in defense of this freedom. Many would never recover from their wounds. Almost 70 years have passed. Did those soldiers die in vain? Would they recognize the country that sent them to war? Have they been forgotten? When the calendar doesn't mark the day, and the media ignore it, what is the message to all those who have gone before?

We have presidents who have never served in the military. Perhaps they are just insensitive to this part of history. Or they just have no understanding of the price paid for the freedoms we enjoy -- while they last. We have witnessed an erosion of freedom in this country. Slowly the memories are being erased. Slowly we die without freedom.

A costly price has been paid to preserve freedom. Many have gone off to war and never returned. The price of freedom is great indeed. Will America remember?

Don Mega

Barboursville

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