|U.S. Troops wading through water and Nazi gunfire to reach Omaha Beach on D-Day. Courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library.|
Unlike World War II, which ultimately mobilized our entire country and much of the world, the war now being fought in Afghanistan and Iraq by our brave soldiers is sometimes controversial and doesn't even make front page news most days. But the men and women currently serving overseas have the same dedication, bravery and commitment as the men who stormed those beaches in 1944 and we all can do something to recognize their sacrifice.
Why not take the time today to honor a veteran - if you have a family member or friend who is a veteran, call them or simply send them an email to thank them. Almost all of us have a connection to someone who has served at some point, you just may not know it. Talk to your extended family and learn about your family connection to the incredible military history of our country. Another way to honor them is to take a few minutes this weekend and write a letter to one of the many men and women who are overseas, far away from the comforts of our everyday lives. You can find simple directions here at Dosomething.org. I wasn't surprised to learn that letters are the most requested item by active service members. If you have children, get them involved - have them draw a picture, write their own letter, or dictate one to you. I guarantee this small gesture will make you feel better than you have in a long time.
|The grave of an unknown solider in the American Cemetery in Normandy, France.|