|Large landing craft convoy crosses the English Channel on 6 June 1944.|
(US Coast Guard Photo)
Charging off of a landing craft, onto a beach, under machine gun, rifle and artillery fire. No cover. No time to get one's bearings. No time to even think.
Moving forward, under heavy fire. They eventually prevailed.
But the price was high.
|Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial|
By Taueres - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
I thank my God for those who went before.
Those who paid for my freedom.
I will remember them always.
After the break is the beginning of the beach scene from Saving Private Ryan. I first saw this film in the Netherlands, in a theater full of GIs, active duty and retired. There were very few dependents that night.
It was a very quiet and thoughtful crowd leaving the theater after the final credits had rolled.
Warning, this film clip is not for the squeamish.
I am in awe of the men who went in that day. I always will be.