WASHINGTON, June 6 -
The seas were high and the sea sickness was rampant.
The sky was gloomy and dark.
The rain was blinding hard.
The sun was hidden from the beaches below as 63,000 GIs with thousands more of our allies stormed landing sites called Utah and Omaha ñ Gold and June.
The average age of the American soldier was 20.
2,500 of them died the first day.
It was Juno 6, 1944. It was D-Day ñ WWII.
It was a noble cause. Free Europe from the Nazis.
Today the bootprints; the red crimson beaches of blood of the U.S. soldier are gone.
The sea is calm ñ peaceful.
As it never happened.
But at the top of the cliffs of Normandy, France, 9, 387 glistening white crosses and stars of David of the American fallen shine as an eternal memory.
That here on this spot the Americans fought and gave all to win the war.
We remember they were soldiers once.
For the worst casualty of war is to be forgotten.
And thatís just the way it is.