It's D-Day Anniversary. Does Anyone Remember? Does Anyone Care?

A short lament on just how short our memories are and how much we owe those men.

I scanned the local newspapers today looking hopefully that even one would have an article on D-Day but, alas, did not find one. I find that extremely disrespectful to all the "Greatest Generation" veterans here in Marin County,  some of whom made the landing.

Here are some headlines that I copied from the San Francisco Chronicle.  They are truly "newsworthy."

Not a thing about what happened on this day 68 years ago.

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Charles Marshall June 07, 2012 at 05:18 PM
And two days prior was the 70th anniversary of the battle of Midway, a major turning point in the war in the pacific. But it got no mention either. Sadly, I think it's becoming a matter of distance; the farther we get from those important dates in time the less attention they receive. Other than Armistice Day, now Veteran's Day, you won't find a single reference to any of the sacrifices made during the First World War. It's too far away now. But if proximity is the problem, then logic says we should be seeing events in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan memorialized but we're not really seeing that either.
Pat Comstock June 07, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Thank you, Commander. Walking among the many thousand graves stones near the bluff above Omaha Beach several years ago with hundreds of solemn-faced young scouts from a World Scout Jamboree was a most moving life experience. Later, watching a few of them down on the beach collecting sand in socks for remembrance was particularly poignant.
John Sammons June 07, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Thanks - I posted on June 4 th regarding the Battle of Midway.
Brent Ainsworth June 08, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Here is Commander Sammons' Battle of Midway column: http://patch.com/B-VhM. And here is a link to his archives on Novato Patch: http://novato.patch.com/users/john-sammons/blog_posts. If you read down this far, you will be impressed with his other offerings.
John Ferguson June 09, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. In the rumblings of the current European debt crisis, I see stirrings of the old nationalist strivings and hatreds that caused all the problems that spiraled out of control in the 1930's.


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