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The Beaches of Normandy

by Greg Asimakoupoulos

Posted: June 6, 2019

D-Day is more than just A DAY…

The beaches of Normandy.
It sounds so ideal.
A vacation destination?

History recalls
it was not a Rick Steves' piece of paradise.
Far from it.
Far from home,
mothers' sons stormed ashore
dodging bullets
all the while praying
they'd live to see tomorrow.

This bloody chapter
in the history of World War 2
is not an addendum or an afterword.
If anything,
it is the preface
to the peace in Europe
our grandparents dreamed of.

It recalls a war we know all-too-well.
It was a living Hell that claimed the lives
of countless kids
who died with weapons in their hands
and hope in their hearts
that Hitler would be defeated.

Yes, D-Day is
we must never forget
to remember.
It is A DAY
to say thanks.

This reflection of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day is dedicated to Huston Riley from Mercer Island who survived the landing on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. 

See a related story from the Mercer Island Reporter

Greg Asimakoupoulos (pronounced AWESOME-uh-COPE-uh-less) is an ordained minister, published author and a freelance news reporter with the Salem Radio Network.   Greg maintains a weekly column called Rhymes and Reasons on The Partial Observer,  which he graciously provides to SeniorLifestyle.

Greg's writings have now been assembled in book form. Find out more.

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Posted: June 6, 2019

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