I cannot say that I never learned about this D-Day in school since I was never studious and although I may have been taught this in school I had no recollection. However, today I had the privilege of learning about this D-Day first hand from a Marine that was there.
At the importance of anonymity I will not share this World War II Soldiers’ name but I will share some details about my observance of him and his personality that were and are especially sweet. Today this retired WWII Marine started a friendly conversation with me as we both left the commissary. Previously we had met and made small talk at the gym.
We talked about the weather among other things and he said, “I’m a WWII Veteran”. I said, “Wow, how nice to meet you and thank you so much for your service”. I then said, “D-Day was just two days ago, what a historic moment in history that you were part of”. The Marine raised his hand and I clasped it as he said, “My D-Day was 15 June 1944 at the Battle of Saipan in the Mariana Islands. I felt my heart skip a beat as I realized this was a fact of history I never knew. Wishing I had some memory so that I could feel his pain but I did not, I smiled and listened. Today was ever so humbling.
The Marine also shared with me that he was a part of the 2nd Marine Division in the Pacific campaign of WWII.
Speaking with this Marine I was reminded of the cost of Freedom of which this man had fought for. Freedom for me; a girl whom he would not meet until nearly 67 years later. The Marine was such a gentleman and so kind. He made my heart feel light and happy to have been privileged to shake his hand and tell him Thank you for his service. He also promised to not beat me too badly at a future game of raquetball!
Thank you to the kind, strong, fearless, Marine who braved the poor battle conditions and all that surrounds war. Thank you for offering your life for American freedom.
Only two people have offered to give their life for ours, “Jesus Christ” and “The Veteran”.
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