Sunday, June 06, 2010
Sixty Six years ago today, my father and tens of thousands US and Allied Forces landed on the beaches of Normandy to crush fortress Europe that Hitler had established. It was a bloody beginning to the final push to end the war on the continent. It seems so long ago, but on the other hand so little has really changed, as we find our troops still fighting around the world. I reflect on the often quoted view that those who do not remember and heed the past are certainly doomed to repeat it.
After spending a lot of time at the battlegrounds of the Civil War lately and this last stop that included the National Air Force Museum, in Dayton, Ohio, it is always good to remember that freedom comes at a very high price, and it is nearly never paid by any of our elected officials. I, for one, am looking forward to November.
We camped at the Wright Paterson Air Force base in Dayton and spent the better part of three days at the Air Force Museum. It is truly huge and filled with not only the history of the Air Force but also a great deal more about the conflicts this country has been in for the last hundred plus years.
If you like aircraft and history, this is a must stop. They have one hangar devoted to presidential aircraft and research planes.
It is also free admission.