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US National Memorial site in Normandy, France honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

US National Memorial site in Normandy, France honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

As time marches on historical events often fade from view and give rise to incidents of present day. History curriculums change and the stories from those personally involved in history grow silent as the generations pass. Such is the case with D-Day. As the number of D-Day survivors decreases so too do their stories–but not their importance.

It is up to us to keep their importance from fading from view. This day is set aside as a reminder of the sacrifice thousands made on the beaches of France in order to bring extremism to an end and allow freedom to flourish. But it is not something that should only be remembered once a year. The lessons of WWII cannot, and should not, be relegated to once a year proposition. Instead they should be a constant reminder of the power of extremism, the might of united fronts and the bravery of the human spirit.

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