FRIDAY FOTO (June 9, 2017)

June 9, 2017 at 2:12 am Leave a comment

The Boys Are Back.

Charles Shay Memorial

(Defense Department photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis C. Schultz)

Two old soldiers share a laugh while attending ceremonies marking the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy in World War II. These two vets, who participated in the liberation of France, were photographed at Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, France on June 5, 2017.

While memorial services for bloody battles are usually somber affairs, we thought this photo illustrated one of the things these veterans fought for besides liberty and democracy. It’s written right in the Declaration of Independence: “the pursuit of happiness.

It’s worth noting that both of these American vets are wearing the Legion of Honor, France’s highest military honor. The former Army Ranger on the right is also wearing the Croix de guerre, France’s war cross.

Here’s a 2006 interview with two 2nd Ranger Battalion D-Day vets.

Here’s a photo essay on the D-Day honors ceremony in France this week. While you view it or read the interview, you might want to listen to this 1940s hit tune, or this more recent, but evocative one.

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