Today marks the 69th anniversary of D-Day, or Operation Neptune, when Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France in a massive amphibious invasion to defeat the dark force of Nazism that had cast its genocidal shadow over continental Europe. Don’t ever allow anyone to get away with blanket statements about war never solving anything. Some things are worth fighting for, and the defeat of Hitler was clearly a righteous cause. Otherwise, words like evil and valor truly have no meaning. There's a good chance we'd be goose-stomping and greeting each other with the Nazi salute were it not for this intervention. These American, British, and Canadian troops, both the fallen and the survivors of that hellish morning in 1944, were heroes. They didn't want to die or get severely wounded, but they confronted the guns of an enemy well fortified nonetheless. The U.S. military no longer throws men into enemy gunfire so unprotected, but war will always be hell. My sister told me about her experience on an Honor Flight some years back. She didn’t appreciate what these men had done at that time, but she recalls kind and polite old men who carried themselves with such dignity.