Today is June 6, 2007, the 63rd anniversary of D-Day. Hundreds of veterans of the Normandy invasion, perhaps thousands, have died in the last couple of years. Among them is my beloved Dad, Staff Sgt. Robert E. Mingus, who died in 2005. I happened to be back in Ohio on business this week and took a side trip last night to spend some time at his gravesite. My sister gave me a suitcase she found with some more of his personal possessions, including some WWII items.
Those of us in today’s generation cannot begin to grasp the enormity of what it took to plan and execute the Normandy campaign. Sure, we have Saving Private Ryan and similar war movies, but they are Hollywood recreations that can never pretend to capture what it wa really like, according to many vets who were there.
To Dad and the thousands and thousands of others who participated in the liberation of France and the subsequent drive into Germany, thank you.