On this day, 6 June, 1944, the day commonly known in America as D-day, Allied forces conducted a combined sea and air invasion of Normandy, France. The event has been extensively documented in writing and film, and this post is primarily meant to honor and remember the many sacrifices of that day.
Military matters periodically come into and fall out of favor as useful analogies for business, and some may prefer that we not glorify war by such references. I believe that it is important to remember–even as we forgive–and honor those who served.
The stupid neither forgive nor forget;
the naive forgive and forget;
the wise forgive but do not forget.
I am reminded of the Second World War Cemetary in Kohima, India. On a bronze panel insert into the memorial stone reads the inscription:
“When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say,
For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today”
John Maxwell Edmonds
Working with the military as one of our primary customers, I often wonder about such things. To give oneself over to a cause that is bigger than oneself. To sacrifice your life for a cause, a belief, and hope for a future you will never see. Back in the civilian world, how much effort do we expend to create the future we want to see, to further our beliefs and causes? Do we work to strengthen that which we hold dear?
It does not require violence, only firm action. As Gandhi is indirectly quoted: “We need to be the change we wish to see in the world”.