Tag: Normandy

Memorial Day: More Than the First Day of Summer

 

Memorial Day brings back memories of rich traditions in my mother’s and father’s households, and service in our Armed Forces by multiple generations.

Growing up, my parents would have their three children dress up a little and visit cemeteries in Oklahoma and Lincoln Counties to pay homage to deceased family members. It was a wonderful tradition capped by a picnic lunch at terrific Tilghman Park in Chandler, Oklahoma, complete with fried chicken. It used to be a historic National Guard encampment site.

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Thirty-six year-old Charles H. Robbins was a recently widowed father of several young children – including my then 5 year old future mother – when he received his draft notice in 1942, at the nadir of World War II. He had registered for the draft two years earlier. From the allied perspective, it was the […]

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My uncle, Arnold “Arnie” Larson, passed away late last month.  His memorial service and funeral are Friday, “today” for most people on here, starting at 11am Pacific time.  With military honors.  I wasn’t planning to mention it here, but he deserves recognition.  I’ll just say that he was a 19-year-old anti-aircraft gunner on an LST […]

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Memory and Forgetfulness: Part 3

 

The Normandy D-Day Ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery was absolutely first class. The staging, audio and video production were excellent. Both presidents gave exceptional addresses. While each reflected their own nation’s character and perception of the good, they both kept the focus on the surviving veterans, there with them, and those who have long laid to rest in this consecrated ground. Warning: this is at least a two hanky event.

The ITV YouTube channel carried the Normandy American Cemetery ceremony, with President Trump and President Macron. President Macron helicoptered in just before the ceremony started, as he had started the day in the British beach sector with Prime Minister May, and with representatives of the British royal family at a church service. He, and the French people, did a fine job as grateful hosts. Don’t miss the WWII cargo aircraft formations towards the end of the American ceremony, with the two presidents and their wives side-by-side looking out over the beach to the sea. That rumble is the sound of liberty.