On The Road Again: Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

In my business and personal travels, I have been fortunate to see many wonderful parts of the world. One of the main reasons this privilege exists, among other liberties we enjoy in free societies, comes from the sacrifice of others.

My recent visit to the Normandy Coast of France, specifically to Utah and Omaha Beaches, Sainte-Mere Eglise, Pointe du Hoc and the American Cemetery at Normandy impacted me significantly. My Father served as a Medic in World War II, and while he was not part of the D Day invasion, he gave up a significant part of his life (during and after the war) for our shared freedom. It’s hard to find the accurate words to describe the courage and selflessness these people found to deliver us from pure tyranny; the will of goodness versus an evil power that would have literally changed the course of our world.

We all should contribute to freedom. Upcoming elections in France and the USA, and other democracies are one call to action. Another means to honor those who sacrificed is to neutralize bullies who overstep their bounds, breaking written and moral codes while limiting the voice and choice of others’ way of life. Too much of this exists now.

Let Freedom Ring. “Merci Beaucoup” or a “Thank You” is not enough-we all must act.