Thursday, June 6, 2019

75th Anniversary of D-Day

On a solemn day marked by a dwindling band of the Greatest Generations
Leaders of the free world  met at Portsmouth and Normandy to pay homage and veneration
For those brave souls that jumped into the night air, charged down the ramps, climbed the cliffs
While the beaches and ocean waters were died red, bodies slowly in an out tide incoming drift
No body armor, no tanks to hide behind
Only MG 42’s and 88’s spewing death from the other side
No place to cower, no place to hide
Too many floating graves washed in by the incoming tide
Not a sure thing, a great fear that while on the beaches German panzers would appear
Men willing to die or be maimed to protect the values they and we held dear
75 years later at Normandy our leaders expressed sincere thanks
Heard by a dwindling number of men in their 90’s from the Greatest Generation’s ranks
To insure that those who were maimed or died never sacrificed in vain
Let us strive for peace by letting our military never weaken or wane
So never again will our young men and women by the thousands have to set foot on foreign lands
Or jump from boats to run hell bent into deadly fire across blood stained sands
© June 6, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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