Swelling with pride after 75th D-Day observance


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The older I get the less I know what drives people and why they hate. For example, the foreigners who come to our country and immediately turn on us while we bend over backward to please them with our largess.

Even in the Congress there are those who say and do everything they can to run our country down and won’t be happy until they turn America into a one-party state with them being in charge.

Watching the 75th D-Day anniversary pageantry should make any American swell with pride and gratefulness for our country and its young men who took part in the invasion of Normandy.

And then there was Queen Elizabeth II, who let her hair down a bit as she included herself in “the greatest generation” of which, as a 10-year-old boy I played a small part by collecting scrap metal for the war effort. I have memories of seeing a teenaged Elizabeth in the RKO NewsReels at the Alkramer Theater, running around London in her cute little uniform doing whatever she could do to help out. I think that’s when I began noticing girls, because I thought she was the cutest thing I’d ever seen.

And then was 97-year-old veteran Tom Rice, reprising his initial visit to France in 1944 by flying in like the big dog that he was back then. Some guys have all the luck. Tom was born to be healthy, eternally youthful and to take part in the greatest event of the 20th century. He wasn’t alone but he’s survived most of his generation. If only they would have allowed him to jump solo. I guess you can’t have everything. At 97, you need to keep your bones in one piece.

To veteran Tom Rice and the boys, I say thanks for your service.

Calvin Lacy