While visiting the landing sites in Normandy, I was at Utah Beach looking out across the Channel and the beach. I was standing next to the U.S. Navy Memorial, as the sun was beginning to set. The personnel on hand were lowering our nation's flag as I took the photo.
The entire site, buffeted by winds that day, whispered the names of those who served so valiantly and with utter dedication to preserving the freedom of people they never met nor would never know. I was moved by their sacrifice and tenacity and thankful for both.