I am writing this on June, 6, 2013. Sixty nine years ago today my father, Roy Connelly, was a young army Lieutenant fighting his way up Utah Beach with other men of the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion. It was D-Day and they were invading Normandy to free Europe from Nazi domination and restore and preserve freedom. Many of these men didn’t make it home, but those that did were honored for their service and were proud veterans.

          There are over 21 million proud military veterans of WW II and other wars we have fought since then that are still alive in our nation. I am one of them and I have two sons still serving in the U.S. Army. We all took the same oath “to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic” and we still keep that oath.

Unfortunately, our veterans are being dishonored by the very government they fought to defend. They are being denied adequate medical treatment and many are being stripped of their Constitutional rights under the Second and Fifth Amendment. They have even been classified by the Department of Homeland Security as “potential domestic terrorists.” They deserve better.

          Today is not just the sixth day of June; it was and always will be D-day. As for my part, I will honor my father, the men of the 87th, and all of the veterans of the greatest generation by watching the movie “The Longest Day.” I used to watch it every year on this day with my father but that is no longer possible. However, as I watch it I will remember his stories of that day and the stories told to me by the other members of his battalion. I am sure that the tears will flow at some point, they always do.

          To my fellow veterans and their families I say God Bless You and God Bless America!

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Nice tribute to your dad. Thanks for your family standing up. My dad was a LCDR in the Navy doing 30 years. He was on the Mississippi during all of WWII and served during Korea. My brother was a LTCL in the Air Force doing 20 years in single engine jet with 4 tours in indochina. I did 6 years in the Army as a flight medic. I was blessed not to have to go to Vietnam. My son served in the Army 3 years with one year in Iraq. Now we have to continue to fight here at home to save our country. Thanks for all you do preserve our freedom. And to Ann, the VA told me the same thing when my knee was bone on bone and had to be replaced. I did it jumping when I was 21. I finally got it done outside the VA and am hiking now 3.5 miles 3 times a week. Weight my butt they just don't want to spend the money. Call your congressman.


Thank you and your sons for your service, and I'm thankful for your father's service. I LOVE watching The Longest Day~~~one of my favorite movies ever! How fortunate that your father told you stories about D-Day and the role he and his battalion played. I know that you treasure these stories as so many veterans of WW II didn't share their stories with their families. I know that my uncles didn't, and there were 8 of them serving, although not all of them were sent overseas. I think it's the difference in the generations in that this "greatest generation" went to war, did the job, came back home and carried on with their lives. Thank you so much for standing up for our veterans and the lack of care they are now receiving. My husband is now battling to have knee surgery, which would be an arthroscopy, to remove 4 popliteal cysts, which cause him severe pain walking. The excuse is he needs to loose weight and get his blood sugar under control. Hard to do when you can't exercise by walking because it's too painful, and has been going on for about 4 years.
May God bless you in your work, as well as those who are assisting you.
Ann Odom