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The 75th Anniversary of D-Day, as Seen by a 97-Year-Old D-Day Veteran

75 years after Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France — which remains the largest invasion involving land & water — it’s as important as ever to honor and celebrate the brave soldiers who risked their lives in World War II and changed the world. The ripples of water on Normandy’s coast between the years 1944 and 2019, defined by war then and peace now, as well as the immeasurable consequence of succeeding more than seven decades ago, must be remembered forever.

As reported on CNN,

In a broadcast message to troops before they leave, Eisenhower tells them, “The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory…We will accept nothing less than full victory!”

Here is the full speech (with footage from World War II) by General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Since it is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, it seems fitting to commemorate this historical occasion with something special for one of the American soldiers who fought bravely on the beaches of Normandy in 1944 by parachuting into life-threatening danger.

97-year-old Tom Rice, who was a member of the 101st Airborne Division as a Paratrooper during World War II, is an inspiration to us all.

Thank you, Mr. Rice and all of the soldiers who fought for the Allied Forces in Normandy on D-Day 75 years ago. 

Happy 4th of July

The United States of America is looking good at 241 years of age.

Still youthful and vibrant, yet equally wise and challenged, the American experiment continues to work and thrive in a world of great uncertainty and overwhelming odds against it. There are moments of tremendous divisions that give the impression of weakness and disorder. Although, those that proclaim this notion are ignoring history and basic reality.

As the past 241 years have demonstrated, its the similarities and differences (small and large) between Americans have actually contributed to the strength and durability of the United States of America as the greatest country in the history of the world. We are free to debate, free to express our speech and free to change the course of an issue or, yes, even a nation or the world, through individual expression. Whether in the form of dissent or a rallying call, the opportunity for a better tomorrow is always present for the taking, if we so choose. Fierce debate and strong willed disagreements at the individual, local, state and national level don’t broadcast weakness or reason to sulk and panic, but instead presents the chance for someone (or a group) to see something differently and take action to bridge the seemingly unbridgable gap for a positive vision of unity.

The harder the task, the more impactful the reward.

On the 4th of July, we celebrate all the amazing characteristics that define the United States of America. These celebrations, universal and deeply personal, are special and warrant grand spectacles in the form of spectacular fireworks, wonderful parades, delicious bbq’s and entertaining movies with friends and family.

Above all, we remember that some of this nation’s most critically important historical moments have occurred in the face of intense adversity and daunting uncertainty that, once the smoke clears, continues to reveal a country that will sustain and thrive in ways we couldn’t have ever imagined.

This was one of those moments.

“…and the home of the brave?”

The concluding charge in “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key (there’s a family connection to Mr. Key) that, when answered, refreshes the promise of the American experiment for generations to come. And today is a perfect occasion for us to answer that call, in our own unique fashion, for the country we love.

Happy Independence Day. 

Happy Veterans Day!

(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

To all of the men and women who are currently fighting and defending, and to those who have fought and defended, the freedoms of the United States of America:

Thank you!

We the people are so proud to live in a nation with brave men and women who are willing to put their lives at risk to ensure that the future of this country is safe, promising and free.

God Bless America! 

Happy Monday!

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Accordingly, we should celebrate the positive work that Dr. King contributed to the United States with regard to his speeches, various actions and marches for civil rights and freedom that have forever interwoven his legacy into the fabric of this country.

Below is arguably the most famous and eternally significant one minute and fifteen seconds of Dr. King’s life.

Let’s watch and celebrate this message together:

Happy Monday!