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 the New York Times released an article with the headline: “The Donald Thinks D-Day Is About Him.”
Furthermore, one of the biggest problems I have about the atmosphere is the people who constantly scream white privilege. Now whether the 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 richer than the poorest of any other country on a global scale. America holds the largest GDP in the world and the 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?
The young men that were drafted in 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 valor. We honor their legacy by molding America into the country of established freedom. We commemorate the fallen.