I was driving along and wondering what to post to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day when Dennis Prager made it easy for me by playing the following clip on his radio show:
I believe that clip is from 2007.
Listening to Charles Durning speak I got at least a glimmer of the terror and horror he felt that day. All those thousands of young men and the thousands more who would follow in their footsteps for 11 more long months.
The courage and devotion it took to step forward into that probable death is staggering, but that's what 150,000 men did that day. They rode in gliders, stepped out of airplanes, and stormed the beaches. And they prevailed.
Most of the survivors of that day are gone now. Charles Durning passed away on Christmas Eve of 2012. But their sacrifice and achievement on D-Day will be remembered as long as there is a United States of America.