Old soldiers are dying; their legacy remains

As we were so importantly reminded yesterday,  69 years ago American Armed Forces were engaged in a bold attack against the Germans, invading France at Normandy.  Lasting about two months, D-Day was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history with over 156,000 American, Canadian and British (minimal to none French) troops participating.  The beginning of the end of the European theater of World War ll, these troops liberated Western Europe from Nazi Germany. Most of the surviving soldiers went home to continue--or rebuild--their lives and countries.  But historical memory is short; for many years after World War ll, D-Day was once prominently noted; not so much this year.  And of course time takes its toll; the few surviving veterans are in their late, late 80s and more. Of the 115 men who have served as senators over the years who fought in World War ll, Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), the last remaining one, died the day before this...(Read Full Post)