The Allied Invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944 has come to be called D Day. I had the pleasure this week to interview a local resident, Andy Andrews of Black Mountain who arrived on "The Beaches of Normandy" On June 6, 1944 and continued to serve as an infantryman at "The Battle of The Bulge" and the liberation of The Dachau Concentration Camp deep within what was Nazi Germany.
Mr Andrews is doing well, almost 90. He fought to free others from oppression a continent away and enjoys his freedoms today. His efforts are not forgotten, nor are the efforts of all those from my parents generation who sacrificed their lives, or kept the homefires burning. I recall my father once told me that there comes a time in each life when history is no longer "living", insofar as it becomes record only. While we have people like Mr Andrews still in our midst, seek them out, speak to them and learn from them , lest the horrors of oppression and war repeat themselves again and again.