Remember D-Day as if it were yesterday, every day

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When in Europe I make it a point to go to Normandy, France. I stand on the bluffs of Pointe du Hoc and imagine what it was like for the young Army Rangers to scale the cliffs under a barrage of enemy machine gun fire. I walk the streets of Sainte-Mère-Église and Carentan where U.S. Army paratroopers descended from the skies. I look across the fields where gliders of the 82nd Airborne approached from out of the night, to gaze out over the beaches of Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword where allied soldiers landed on June 6, 1944, D-Day.

I remember their sacrifice. I honor their memory. I remember.  

Today I look out over these beaches where so many Americans lost their lives, though this time I am with my sixteen-year-old daughter escorting Walter and Jack Stowe, brothers who both forged documents and lied about their ages to serve their country in World War II at fifteen years old. We are part of a team of volunteers from the Best Defense Foundation, an organization started by NFL great Donnie Edwards whose grandfather was stationed at Pearl Harbor when planes of Imperial Japan

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