The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


June 6, 2008

D-Day a day that will live in American memory


I thank these heroes for having so much faith in democracy and love of country that so many gave all, so many risked all.

Today is the 64th anniversary of D-Day. The D-Day heroes are dying off by the thousands. One can figure the youngest D-Day hero might have been 15 or 16 — having lied about his age during enlistment — and is today about 80.

The oldest World War 1 veteran in the U.S. is 107, in fact he’s the only surviving Great War veteran. One can figure, even by liberal math, the last D-Day veteran will be dead within 30 years, which is a decent lick of time. I’ll be, God willing, 68 and, God willing, drawing some penance of a monthly pension from the tattered remains of the Social Security system.

The heroics of the D-Day veterans — their excellence as men — will never be forgotten. We are a patriotic country that blows bugles, forms hand salutes, raises flags and decorate veterans’ graves at appropriate times throughout the year.

Outstanding movies like “Saving Private Ryan” make doubly sure the heroes of D-Day will forever figure prominently in the American conscience.

Dave Kinnamon is online/special projects editor of the News & Eagle. Reach him at

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