Where in France does the American flag still proudly fly? Where is there a sacred stretch of American soil?
In Normandy of course where America landed to deliver the crushing blow that would vanquish the Nazi evil and save France, then the western world.
Yes, in Normandy, the tiny villages still remember the American, British, and Canadian heroes with charming posters of the locals embracing the soldiers and even American paratroopers immortalized in stained glass in an ancient church.
Nothing can steal your breath and stop your heart like the thousands of perfectly aligned white crosses above the beach at the American Cemetery at Colleville. One can feel the infinite cost of freedom.
A handful of veterans remain, but many of us carry the legacy of our fathers who were on those beaches. To us, as the poem goes, they throw the torch. If we break faith with those who died, they shall not sleep. . .
h/t a Reader