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67 years ago it all changed…

June 7, 2011

67 years ago yesterday the invasion of Normandy began.  There are few words.  The opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan changed me.  It was the first time I sensed what war was like.  I had seen other images, but you felt that footage.  I know it was Hollywood.  The real thing was probably way worse.

I’m in the middle of watching the WWII special produced by the History Channel.  This time the footage is real.  The accounts are real.  The loss is real.  It was the greatest generation.  I had no idea prior to watching the series how close we were to living in a different world.  A world that didn’t have the freedoms we enjoy.

At createmargin, we talk a lot about giving, and there are a few reasons for that:

1.  We live in the richest nation ever on the planet.

2.  We have more resources than ever before to extend the freedom we enjoy.

3.  Because of the sacrifices of so many, we have the freedom to make a difference.

Seeing guys away from their family, staring into the face of death, watching their friends die – it will quickly change your perspective.  This is not some guilt trip – we should enjoy the life they’ve made possible.  But as we think about those young men stepping off the U-boats, let’s remember our financial sacrifices to make a difference are just that…financial sacrifices.  It’s just money.

Who was your WWII hero?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2011 2:51 pm

    “It’s just money” We all forget that on occasion. Thanks for keeping it in perspective for us!

    • Barry Leathers permalink*
      June 9, 2011 2:54 pm

      I need to be reminded daily – thanks Jonathan.

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