Each year on Independence Day, we commemorate the birth of our nation in 1776 and we thank all who fought for and who “pledged their lives, fortunes and their sacred honor” for the freedoms we have today. In most years, we think of special patriots such as George Washington, the Father of our Country, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and ordinary folks like Betsy Hager, Crispus Attucks, Joseph Plumb Martin and Molly Pitcher who were there at the birth of our Country. This year, 2019, when the world commemorated the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion at Normandy, France on June 6, we present a special story of another young patriot – unknown to most of us – who crossed Omaha Beach in 1944. His sacrifice and that of his family, is an example of generations of Americans to whom we owe a debt of gratitude. God Bless America! Happy 243rd birthday!
Thedaysforward.com is an effort to archive and present to the American people the stories of the members of the West Point Class of 1969. The stories occurred all over the world and showcase the experiences the members of the Class had after their graduation from the United States Military Academy, whether they spent a career in the Army serving our Country or went on to contribute in civilian life. Thedaysforward.com hopes to chronicle what life was like for these men when their common education was done and how it influenced their lives and how our Country has benefitted.