We should attempt not to glorify war or minimize the destruction and death caused by it, praising those who pored over battle scenarios in the quiet confines of their military headquarters.
Instead, we should take with us the lessons learned from D-Day and all American armed conflicts. While the wars we fight today have few clearly defined enemies and fields of battle on which we can focus, we can hope our world leaders will do more than talk about working together to rid the world of terrorism, perceived as a universal evil in the world today.
When violence and battle are thought to be needed, we should do well to look upon the deeds of those who fought in Normandy. We must consider if losing more lives is worth the price of war or if more diplomatic means are possible.
We do not wish to create another generation of soldiers forced to forget or bury their memories of combat as their grandfathers so often must do.