A Solemn Remembrance

On Monday, June 6, we and our European allies remember the D-Day invasion of Normandy as the beginning of the end of World War II. It has been hailed as one of the most ambitious military enterprises ever undertaken. The back of the German offensive was broken and the Third Reich was on the verge of total surrender.

The human cost of this offensive was huge indeed and reminds me of a former church member and D-Day survivor, Mason Poinsett. Mason was a 30 year Army veteran who landed on Omaha Beach on June 7, 1944. In many ways, the second day of the invasion was even worse than the first because the young man who came ashore did so on top of the bodies of their comrades who died 24 hours earlier.

In the early 1990s Mason could not speak of the invasion without filling his eyes with tears, especially when he talked about his 19-year-old Lieutenant who died in the first few seconds of the invasion. This week is a solemn remembrance for all of us. If you are too young to remember the D-Day invasion, I hope you are not too young to be thankful for the sacrifices of that day!