Anyone who has spent more than two minutes with Oz knows his love for all things military and military history related. Though he’ll read about it all, weaponry; uniforms;battle logistics; etc. all day long he has the most passion for information revolving around WW II. From the time he was four, his favorite movie has been The Longest Day. Yes, four. My four year old would sit down and watch the entire movie of The Longest Day. From there he’s gone on to love Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers but his first exposure to John Wayne sticks closest to his heart.
Oz has been talking about D-Day all week, waiting for it, with full permission from the Ma to sit in front of the History channel all day. ***EDIT: The History channel has chosen today to air stupid shows such as American Restoration and Cajun Pawn Stars. Losers. So the kid is now sitting in front of the Military Channel all day. ***
So when I woke up to an e-mail from Stef with the following video, it made me smile. Stef and Oz are very good buds so of course she’d understand that this is a big day for him. It touches the Ma’s heart, as does the video. I have no understanding what had run through these men’s minds and I’ve had the very honored pleasure of spending time with veterans who stormed two of those beaches. I’ve heard their words, but still have no understanding of what is felt, deep in their hearts. I have no words that could explain the admiration I have for these soldiers courage and bravery. So I’ll stop and simply say thank you.