Thursday, May 05, 2005

Sixty Years

It was 60 years ago that the dark doors of the Nazi concentration camps were flung open by valiant American soldiers. Only a few days from now we will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the victory in Europe, followed later this summer by the 60th anniversary of the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and then the 60th anniversary of the Japanese surrender.

These were important events, and we can pace them in time as we walk through the coming months and imagine what it was like, 60 years ago, as these amazing events unfolded. And we can watch it from afar with a reverence and awe for those wonderful American pilots, those foot soldiers, those brave sea mariners, those marines, who put it all out there for the country they loved and love.

And we can also feel the energy and anxiety of those events as our very own young soldiers fight a similarly horrid evil in the Middle East.

To our Americans in uniform, both old and young, I salute you.

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