Think of the courage it took to take that first step. I suspect many of the men who saw this vista died without getting to shore. What made them take that step? Certainly discipline strengthened them, but these men knew that they faced one of the most evil regimes the world had ever known.
Not for nothing do we call this our “Greatest Generation.” Most of them are gone now, my father among them, but their valor and dedication live on to challenge, inspire, rebuke, and encourage us. We should not let this date pass without some remembrance as long as free people cherish their liberty.