D-Day still remembered…
Have you remembered D-Day? If you’re a recent product of the public education system, you may never have heard of it. Christopher Kelley’s article on the subject will clue you in, and perhaps encourage you to join me in a toast to all those young men who dropped from the sky and slogged through the water to save Europe. Some places still remember them, and still pay them honor with much more feeling than the perfunctory, bored speech His Oneness gives on any occasion involving the military or America’s exceptionalism.
War is a terrible, hideous thing. But as John Stuart Mill said over a century ago, “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.“
UPDATE: Too many people have forgotten it, but none of these have.
UPDATE: Neither has Victor Davis Hanson, who places it in an historical context.