Not Many Left to Tell Their Stories

By: Leslie Cebula
By: Leslie Cebula

Saturday was the 65th anniversary of D-Day and as I called the VFW and American Legion Posts to find some veterans to talk with- they told me there aren't many WWII veterans left.

On the 65th anniversary of D-Day I thought about the men who invaded the beaches of Normandy, all of the men who died in batle and all the men who didn't die from fighting but aren't around anymore to tell their stories.

I had a hard time finding a WWII veteran to interview who served on D-Day and the answer I received from almost all the veterans organizations around is that "there aren't many WWII veterans still living." After many hours and driving around I did meet one WWII veteran who wasn't part of the D-Day invasion but was serving in England at the time and another man whose father was one of the men who went to Omaha Beach.

These men were amazing and I couldn't help but think their stories may not be retold from first hand experience much longer.

I lost both sets of grandparents and there's more I wish I would have asked about my family's heritage.

I feel it's so important to remember these men's life stories, their work, and to never forget them so we can pass their stories on to the next generation even when they're gone.


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