Daily Archives: June 6, 2012

D-Day

There are a lot of honors being bestowed today on the brave men who stormed the beaches of Normandy, today a statue of Major Dick Winters was unveiled  in the Normandy village of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont and dedicated to the memory of all junior U.S. military officers who served that day.  French President Francois Hollande was there paying tribute to the soldiers of the allied forces that took part in the D-Day invasion (and hopefully remembering the major role the French resistance played in ensuring the invasion succeeded), US President Barrack Obama on the other hand spent his day storming the beaches in California in order to participate in several campaign fundraisers. Neither he or his wife made plans to exploit this opportunity for a photo op commemorate D-Day.

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Milestones

In 1984 I was medically discharged from the Army after being told by an Orthopedist at a world renowned medical facility that I had a degenerative joint condition in my knees and that I could expect to be in a wheelchair by 1990. Instead after six years of intense physical therapy and a lot of exercise, I rode in a bus through these gates 22 years ago today on my way to Basic Training for the US Air Force.

I didn’t get to serve in the capacity that I had wanted to, but I did get to serve with some really great people. Many are still friends to this day. By the way I will be walking into my office tomorrow just like I do every day. Never give up.