Today marks the 74th anniversary of D-Day. A major turning point in World War II, the Allied landings at Normandy established a foothold in France and helped bring an end to the war the following year. Encountering fierce resistance, American courage won the day at Utah and Omaha beaches and at airborne assault points inland. On June 6 alone, almost 1,500 Americans were killed. Photo of the World War II Memorial on the National Mall & Memorial Parks by National Park Service.
On Memorial Day, we honor those who have fallen in the service of our nation. Across the country, memorials, cemeteries and battlefields help remind us of the extraordinary sacrifices made to keep us united and free. All gave some, some gave all. Few places evoke a more powerful connection to the lost than the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C. Photo by Christine Jahrsdoerfer (www.sharetheexperience.org).
As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we remember his message of unity and service. One of the most influential people in our history, Dr. King’s legacy continues to inspire. At the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C., 14 quotes focusing on justice, democracy, hope and love surround the statue of him. Located a short walk from the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. King gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech, it’s a powerful and enlightening place. Photo by Jim Evangelista (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Snow flurries bring an eerie realism to the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Hauntingly beautiful, the 19 statues represent the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who fought in the “Forgotten War.” Visiting the memorial on the National Mall is a powerful and moving experience. Photo by National Park Service.
On a quiet morning 76 years ago today, Imperial Japanese forces attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. More than 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,100 more wounded. Twenty-one ships of the Pacific Fleet were sunk or damaged, including the USS Arizona. Shocked and angered by the attack, the country joined the Allied forces to fight World War II, inspired by the call of “Remember Pearl Harbor.” A moving reminder of the service and sacrifice of those who fought, the USS Arizona Memorial is jointly administered by the U.S. Navy and the National Park Service. Photo by National Park Service.
On Veterans Day, we say thank you to all the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces. Memorials across the country honor our brave veterans and make sure that we never forget their dedication and sacrifice. Photo of the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C. courtesy of Nathan Jones.
On Memorial Day, the nation pauses to honor all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives for their country. From local Revolutionary War battlefields to World War II cemeteries around the globe, the memory of those heroes is enshrined forever. They will never be forgotten. Photo of the United States Marine Corps Memorial at George Washington Memorial Parkway by Bobby Blevins (www.sharetheexperience.org).