June 6, the anniversary of D-Day, has become another Memorial Day, a day of remembrance.
Rightfully so. I'll share a recent personal experience although it's not related to directly to D-Day but certainly reflects the spirit.
J.D. McCollum, my dad who served in the South Pacific in World War II, retired from the Navy as a Chief Warrant Officer. Last week, my niece's boyfriend was commissioned as a Chief Warrant Officer in the Navy. He asked Dad to formally administer the oath at the ceremony in Memphis. One of the neat parts of that was Dad became a rock star.
The service men and women present had encountered few, if any, World War II veterans — certainly one who could socialize and talk fluently about his service.
Dad got a standing ovation.
Generations apart, there was a tie of dedication, of service and gratefulness. Those World War II veterans, the "Greatest Generation" deserve all the salutes we can give them. June 6 is certainly a date to remember that.