Tag: The Greatest Generation

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.

Mo’ De La’ — Jeffrey Earl Warren


The quarterback on my high school football team used to say that the only foreign phrase his  father used was “Mo’ de La’.” That was French for “Cut the grass.” As kids, we all were well versed in variations of that theme.

I was reminded of that recently, at a funeral. The father of one of my friends had died. My friend and his brothers  waxed eloquent about their father’s character. He was a member of the Greatest Generation — a giant who had raised three sons now raising giants of their own.