In Honor

For our Veterans in this veteran’s week.

Let us pause today to remember and give praise to our Lord for those who ‘hit’ the beach on D-Day in June 1944. We suffered 10,000 casualties on that first day but the beach was established and within five days we had landed 326,547 troops, 54,186 Vehicles and 104,428 tons of supplies; Victory was on its way, the price had and would continue to be paid, but Victory was coming.

The month before D-Day we lost 2,000 planes and 12,000 airmen preparing for the invasion. High was its price.

At Omaha Beach virtually all the officers and top sergeants who landed in the first wave were killed or put out of action, the beach was in turmoil, only 2 of the 16 tanks made it to the beach but the still coming waves of men managed to hold on, unravel the disaster and establish a foothold that was the key to final victory.

On Utah Beach the landing had gone wrong in its location but because of the leadership and bravery of Theodora Roosevelt, Jr. the highest ranking officer in the first wave and the oldest man making the landing the troops were given new direction and leadership by this man who had to use a cane in order to walk, Brig. General Roosevelt was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery, General Bradley said his was the greatest act of bravery he had ever seen or heard of and saved thousands of lives. I stood at his grave and gave thanks to our Heavenly Father for the faithfulness of this man who did not have to make this journey but who fought to do so because he loved his country.

Before Victory would come we would leave more than 200,000 young men in Europe, homes across America would be empty and hearts would be broken, but you and I would remain free.

 

Ivan

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