Today marks the 72nd anniversary of D-Day when Allied Forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, starting the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control during World War II. It's a very serious day in American history.

While thousands of men hit the beach at that moment, it was a single, unified act of heroism.

Coli Powell may have said it best when talking about those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Colin Powell, while speaking to a group overseas including George Carey, a former Archbishop of Canterbury, about the Iraq War, was asked a question about empire building and whether the U.S. was relying too much on hard power.

Here was Powell's answer that left the room quiet:

 “Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.”

Whether it is today, or this week, watch a great film that paints as a realistic picture as there can be about D-Day and those who fought in World War II. Watch the movie Saving Private Ryan. It's a movie everyone should watch to learn about those who fought at that time and what they went through.

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