One of the president’s honored guests – Jim Norene, a member of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne – didn’t make it.
“Last night, after visiting this cemetery for one last time, he passed away in his sleep,” Obama told a solemn crowd of vets stretching farther than most eyes can see. “Jim was gravely ill when he left his home, and he knew that he might not return. But just as he did sixty-five years ago, he came anyway. May he now rest in peace with the boys he once bled with, and may his family always find solace in the heroism he showed here.”
Obama declared that the story of Normandy is “also the story of America – of the minutemen who gathered on a green in Lexington; of the Union boys from Maine who repelled a charge at Gettysburg; of the men who gave their last full measure at Inchon and Khe San; of all the young men and women whose valor and goodness still carry forward this legacy of service and sacrifice.
“It is a story that has never come easy, but one that always gives us hope,” he continued. “For as we face down the hardships and struggles of our time, and arrive at that hour for which WE were born, we cannot help but draw strength from those moments in history when the best among us were somehow able to swallow their fears and secure a beachhead on an unforgiving shore.”
I don’t care what your feeling are about our President, and many of you know what my opinion is….he can speak.