Lessons from D-Day

Seventy-six years ago, more than 150, 000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy or parachuted in from the air. They faced improbable odds of success against 850, 000 German troops. Getting off the beaches and up cliffs was a struggle for these troops, many still in their teens. The lessons of that war are many. To oppose authoritarian rule, genocide, or racism, may there still be people of character, purpose, goodness, and willingness to sacrifice comfort. These should not fade from our memory.

The first time I ever saw people of any color was when D-Day left from my hometown in England, to go and free Europe from the war. And there was every color you could imagine, and I’d not seen that in England.

Richard Dawson, actor, brainyquote.com

At a time when everyone seems unable to come together, there are many who are willing to say “no more” to the injustices that still exist based on color of your skin. But instead of bricks, tear gas, and clashes with police, let us come together as a nation. Fight the continuing battle against hatred, racism, injustice, and the apathy or self-interest of politicians. There are many problems still to be solved. This is the time to solve them.

Be safe. COVID-19 and rioting are a lethal combination.

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