Commemorating the Fallen

First, I want to thank Ethan Kim for giving me this opportunity to voice my opinion.

June 6th, 2019 is the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy. It was the turning point of World War II. Thousands of soldiers from different countries risked their lives for something greater themselves. These men exemplified courage that is not only admirable but commendable. Therefore, I must ask why?

The political atmosphere of this country is sickening. Donald Trump and fifteen other heads of states paid their respects in Europe. However, news outlets such as New York Times released an article with the headline: “The Donald Thinks D-Day Is About Him.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/05/opinion/trump-d-day-anniversary.html. Granted it is in the opinion column, but there is no mention about the respectful service held for the thousands of soldiers dying. The author of the column omitted the fact that the president met with veterans and thanked them for their service. Instead,  he writes, “Of this, Trump understands nothing. Therefore he cannot comprehend the sacrifice at Omaha Beach 75 years ago.” This is not only an unwarranted accusation, but rather an unnecessary one. Fox News released an article saying, “D-Day veteran, 93, jokingly flirts with Melania in front of Trump: ‘If only I was 20 years younger.” https://www.foxnews.com/world/d-day-veteran-93-flirts-melania-trump-20-years-younger Who. Cares? The reason people don’t trust the media is because they omit monumental facts and focus on Trump’s ego or an old guy hitting on the FLOTUS.

Furthermore, one of the biggest problems I have about the atmosphere is the people who constantly scream white privilege. Now whether white privilege exists is a whole other debate, but I want to focus on the people who say white men can never feel suffering. This is not only absurd, but disrespectful to the people that fought for this country. The very white men that people claim can never feel suffering are the same ones that were slaughtered on the beaches of Omaha. Anyone that lives in America is privileged. The poorest people in America statistically are the richer then the poorest of any other country on a global scale. America holds the largest GDP in the world and eighth largest in terms of per capita. America is home to Silicon Valley, Tesla, Space X, and NASA making it the most technologically advanced country in the world. How did it become like this?

It became like this because of the lives that were lost to fight for the very freedom we prosper under. It makes me enraged because the American people are not grateful for the country they live in. Instead, they turn around and whine about their problems. People are happy when they focus on the things they have rather than the things they don’t have. The American people need to be reminded of the basic liberties granted through the government. The right of free speech, the right to assemble, freedom of the press, and the religious freedom are the most fundamental rights that not even half the world’s population holds.   

The young men that were drafted into the military at the age of 18, made the ultimate sacrifice when they sprinted across the sands of Omaha beach. They died with honor, courage, and the greatest respect possible bestowed upon soldiers. We honor their legacy by molding America into the country of established freedom. We commemorate the fallen.

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