U.S. News & World Report: Does America Still Have Honor?
In the face of evil, would today’s Americans storm the beaches of Normandy?
Last week, I had the privilege of traveling to France. My stepson was getting married in Paris, and we made a vacation out of it. We traveled to Normandy to learn about, and pay tribute to, the brave men who landed there on June 6, 1944 and began the campaign to liberate Europe and end the war.
World War II touched my family and my husband’s family in different ways. Both of my parents were young children in the United Kingdom, hearing about the war on the wireless and on newsreels. They lived with rations, blackout laws and gas masks as part of their daily lives. And my mother spent much of her childhood without her father, who had been sent to America to work on aircraft engines as part of the war effort. They feared Adolf Hitler and the potential invasion of their homeland by Nazi forces.