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A Day to Remember(6 posts)

A Day to RememberEl Guapo
Jun 6, 2003 8:33 AM
59 years ago, on June 6 1944, 44,000 American and British soldiers of various ethnicities and religious backgrounds stormed a lonely beach on the French coast. Facing a barrage of metal and fire the likes of which I pray to God I'll never have to see, they bravely trod forward. The very freedon most of us Americans now take for granted, was protected by their supreme sacrifice. I find it amazing, and even deplorable, that most members of my generation have forgotten that our freedoms were paid for in blood by a generation of individuals far more dedicated than us to those standards and ideals of freedom. When I ride this afternoon, I'll remember those that gave their lives so that I could grow up in a free society where my opinions are not shuttered and where each person is free to disagree. I only hope that we never forget how valuable our freedoms actually are.
Always good to hear from Rich Garces. (nm)RhodyRider
Jun 6, 2003 8:40 AM
Please enlighten me.El Guapo
Jun 6, 2003 8:49 AM
Your Rich Garces reference is lost on me. As best I can tell, he is a 32 year old, right-hand pitcher from Central America who played in Chicago and tried in Colorado, but recently retired. Please forgive my ignorance if there is another Rich Garces to whom you were referring.
I'll enlighten you. I was a silly ...Live Steam
Jun 6, 2003 2:52 PM
reference to the Boston Red Sox pitcher, Rich Garces - nicknamed - El Guapo!

Unfortunately the heartfelt message you wanted to get across was lost on him. I didn't know that today was the anniversary of D-Day. You bet I appreciate everything those boys fought for and I appreciate the suffering and sacrefice they endured for the future of freedom. Thanks for reminding me. We all need to remember.
He STOLE my name! I am MORE Guapo than he!El Guapo
Jun 7, 2003 6:01 PM
I challenge Rich Garces to a game of trivia, Three Amigos! As anyone knows, there are two classic blunders. One, is never get involved in a land war in Asia. The other, and only slightly lesser known, is never get involved in a game of wits with a Sicilian when death is on the line! But on a serious note, I'm glad to hear there are people who remember the sacrifices made before us. The saddest thing to me is that in less than a few years, there won't be any more living WWII survivors. Nothing scares me more than to think that their memories will soon be consigned to only books. I've really enjoyed the times with my GRANDfather, listening to his stories. I grew up with my grandparents and was surrounded by WWII veterans. There were no less than 4 European Aces, 3 Pacific Aces, 6 D-Day survivors, 1 PT boat captain, several nurses and several Pacific theatre veterans. Most have all died now. My Grandfather is one of the last of them. I really miss those men and all their stories. Our world is much, much less of a place without those men and women. Remembering them once in a while is the least we could do.
WWII grandfathersmickey-mac
Jun 7, 2003 7:06 PM
Both of my grandfathers were in the Navy in WWII and both are gone now. My maternal grandfather was on the USS Saratoga, which was supposed to be in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 but fortunately was detoured. My paternal grandfather was on the USS Ute, which went through a near-miss with a Kamikaze. My grandfather said he saw the look on the pilot's face as he realized he was missing the ship and going into the ocean.