“To me, history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn’t just part of our civic responsibility. To me, it’s an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art or music is.”
– David McCullough –
Holiday’s like President’s Day (I miss Lincoln and Washington’s Birthday’s – it meant more), Memorial Day and the 4th of July seem to have only become opportunities for “Blowout Sales” & barbecues.
We don’t take time to remember. We take for granted how fortunate we are to live in this country.
70 years ago this week, on June 6, 1944, a day in history when over 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy in France and, in the days and weeks ahead, changed the course of the war.
This week I again watched one of my favorite movies, Saving Private Ryan, to remember the sacrifices made on that day, D-Day, 70 years ago.
Most everyone knows about the emotionally riveting first 25 minutes of the film that depicts the assault on Omaha Beach. The emotional impact never diminishes. While watching these scenes my neck and shoulder muscles stiffen and tense up. The sequence depicts an actual event in history, so realistic it goes far beyond anything else I’ve seen on film.
But once in a while a movie like Saving Private Ryan and especially those first 25 minutes, help me to remember the sacrifices made for freedom, for my freedom, for freedom of millions all over the world.
“This is the clearest, most powerful summons yet, TO ALL OF US, to restore the American story to its rightful, vital place in American life and in how we educate our children. It couldn’t be more timely and important.”
– David McCullough