VITAS-EDIVD-logoOn June 6th, all eyes were on Normandy, France, as we commemorated the WWII D-Day landings on faraway beaches code named Omaha, Sword, Juno, Utah and Gold.  Through August 2014, the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy will be marked by heads of state and hundreds of thousands of international visitors. As the number of soldiers who took part in the landing continues to dwindle, we remember D-Day and the sacrifice of veterans for our way of life.

An invading army had not crossed the unpredictable, dangerous English Channel since 1688.  The 5000-vessel armada stretched as far as the eye could see, transporting over 150,000 men and nearly 30,000 vehicles across the channel to the French beaches. Six parachute regiments of 13,000 men were flown from British airfields in over 800 planes. More than 13,000 bombs were dropped over coastal Normandy immediately in advance of the invasion.  Approximately 100,000 soldiers on both sides of the conflict lost their lives between D-Day and the ensuing Battle of Normandy.  Many remain in the well-tended cemeteries.

Here at home, the Veterans Administration estimates we lose 640 American WWII vets each day.  Some of these Greatest Generation soldiers were D-Day participants who broke the German occupation of Europe.  And while we set aside a day each year to recognize the men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform –shouldn’t every day be Veterans Day?  Join VITAS One Senior Place in Viera on Friday, September 12  and One Senior Place in Altamonte Springs on September 13 as they celebrate Every Day is Veterans Day.  Attendees to the free special event from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM can hear remarks by Brigadier General Wilma Vaught, enjoy refreshments and door prizes –and honor veterans for their service to our great nation.  Call (321) 751-6771 for more information or visit www.OneSeniorPlace.com.