evutch wrote:wow, thirty years ago i knew more than a few guys who had hit the beach..
more than a couple in vet care, minds gone from the time they hit that sand..
i also knew guys that somehow got off the beach, and got inland..
more than one told me of half dead guys in their way, some encouraging them on as they were stepped over..
it's good that we remember this.
as far as frtench..
without them, we wouldn't be here.
we'd still be kissing english ass.
or half functional sub states of canada..
we might have owed them, but i figure that debt has been paid.
but know this..
almost to a person, the french in the normady area know it..
and a vet, or vets family, wants for nothing there..
same in holland, and belgium, and luxemborg..
i'd venture to say, they probably collectively remember better than we..
we only remember once a year..
they live it every day, when they look at their families, and the graveyards over looking their towns.
they don't have to kiss our butts, or even like our politics..
they don't even have to like our wonderful made for TV culture..
but, they won't forget..
not as fast as we have.
Its hard to imagine a more thoughtful post, or a better reflection on the reality of that day. I saw a documentary on this very subject years ago. It was about a few guys who had been there and survived and how they wanted to go back and visit the area and the people but didn't have the means to do so. They decided that it was just too important for them personally not to go despite the expense.
In short once they were found out by the locals ( took all of a few minutes ) to be Americans much less that they had actually fought in that battle, they paid for NOTHING. Food, board, airfare home, all paid by the locals of that area. Cole