by Richard H. Frank
Yesterday, June 6, 2012 marked the 68th anniversary of “D” Day, the 1944 invasion of Europe by Allied Forces under command of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Coincidentally, our General Motors Retiree Club met for our semi-annual luncheon and reunion with hundreds in attendance. The president of our organization opened our meeting by honoring the bravery and sacrifices of those brave Americans that stormed the beaches at Normandy opening the path leading to the eventual defeat of Hitler’s Nazi forces.
Additionally, he recognized the presence of five WWII veterans in attendance at our luncheon. These individuals, all in their 90s, are representative of those thousands of brave men that participated in the historic armada leading the way to freedom for Europe 68 years ago.
Those of us that know these men personally can attest to their love of Country, responsibility to family and community and their abiding belief in God. These humble individuals make up the fabric of this great nation and represent the values and principles upon which America was founded. Today their numbers have dwindled from more than 16 million in the service of their country during the war to a mere estimate of 2.5 million. We lose approximately 1100 of these individuals each day and it is projected that they will be gone by 2020.
Once again, the day passed without our President, Barack Obama, recognizing and paying respect to those veterans of the “D” Day invasion. Instead, our narcissistic Commander-in-Chief chose to participate in fund raisers to support his re-election five months to the day away from the anniversary of “D” Day.
The measure of a true leader is evident in his character and his integrity. By his actions, Barack Obama shows he is lacking in both of these virtues. His proponents excuse such a blatant affront to the heroes of “D” Day by expounding on how difficult his job is and how busy he actually is. The truth is our President is ignorant of history and in spite of his holding the title of Commander-in-Chief harbors contempt for those individuals that sacrificed to assure the very freedoms that he personally benefited from.
No apology or excuse is acceptable to forgive Obama’s disrespect for our veterans. Obama is oblivious to how his actions reflect upon his prospects for re-election. Veterans, however, will Remember in November and play an important role in replacing the President with someone of character and integrity that shows respect for those that have sacrificed to preserve the freedoms in our Republic.