— by Mary May Larmoyeux —
June 6, 2015, will mark the 71th anniversary of what is known as D-Day, the day when Allied troops landed along the French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France.
Just before the invasion, General Eisenhower told the troops, ” …The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory! I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!”
Of course, we now know that the invasion of Normandy was indeed the turning point of World War II. Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945. And less than a decade later, Eisenhower was elected the 34th President of the United States of America.
The following words from Eisenhower’s first inaugural address still ring true for our times today: “We find ourselves groping to know the full sense and meaning of these times in which we live. In our quest of understanding, we beseech God’s guidance.”
It’s been seven decades since Normandy was invaded. There are not many World War II veterans living today. Do you know any? If so, you may want to thank them for their service to our country. If possible, it would be great to interview them with your child/grandchild.
Imagine what Eisenhower must have felt when he said, “The eyes of the world are upon you.”
May we continue to seek God’s guidance today.
© 2014 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
Photo © courtesy of Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library
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