Today, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C., Veterans and their community gathered to honor those that fought on D-Day. The ceremony was traditional: Veterans of each generation paying their respects, friends and family observing, a few keynote speakers delivering speeches that hit on the usual sentiments, and media standing by to capture it all. But, when they played a poem titled “Omaha Beach” written and narrated by WWII Veteran Peter Thomas, the importance of this day was truly exhibited. The stanzas of Thomas’ poem are a deep, transparent look into the experiences had on June 6, 1944.
The sound of a trumpet playing “Taps” concluded the ceremony.