Being a veteran, I take a great deal of pride in our country, and the principles that it stands for. This was made even more apparent yesterday, as all the veterans in our church were asked to stand and give our names, branches, and years of service. I was humbled to find that we still have three veterans alive and well that served in WWII in our congregation. I was reminded of my trip down the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the D-Day memorial
I found in Bedford, VA. I took some pictures, and though they may not be able to truly express the emotion that the memorial imparts on its visitors, I hope it in some way shares the experience of those veterans with you.
The road approaching the memorial:
Americans lost in the D-Day invasion
Allied troops lost in the invasion.
Garden in the shape of the flaming sword:
Temporary memorial to the Air forces that participated in the invasion:
Memorial to all sea services that played a role: