Sixty five years ago today, the United States invaded a country that had not attacked us. True, we were attacking soldiers of another country that occupied the country we invaded, but not all the citizens there wished us well. In fact, the armed forces of the country we invaded had fought ours when we invaded their territories in North Africa years earlier.
And even the country which we were fighting that June day had not attacked us first. In the months following that invasion, in several countries, hundred’s of thousands of innocent civilians, men, women and children, were killed by our forces. The enemy’s cities and civilian population were targeted. Enemy combatants were taken prisoner, held indefinitely, and denied any protections under the US Constitution, including trials and lawyers.
It was thought by Americans of that generation, and the Democrat president and Democrat Congress who led us, that defeating a great evil justified these acts. Today, those of us who still believe in America and what it stood for remember and honor those who died in what the current administration would doubtless view as abandoning our “values.”
Our highest value used to be protecting the freedom and safety of the American people. God willing, we will again have leaders who have empathy for that value.
But this day, we honor those who fought and died for our freedom and safety on the beeches of Normandy, sixty five years ago.