As has become somewhat of a tradition, my Memorial Day posting returns to Normandy, the site of the Allied invasion of France to end World War II in Europe. I have been to Normandy twice, it is a worthwhile trip to understand the challenges and sacrifice that was faced to push back against extremists within our parents life times.
I am reminded that Memorial Day is not the start of summer, not the date when it is okay to wear white shoes and belts for the season, but a day in honor of those who committed and in many cases died in the wars of the past. I wish we could do a better job of remembering that when we fail to learn from the past, we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past.
So today, watch 'The Longest Day," remember the allied invasion, chuckle at the line "gummy-puppen!" But remember the reason for the day.