American Military Cemetery, Omaha Beach, Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France

The Stories That Need to be Told

D-Day was only a few days ago but the stories I heard and watched hit me, stuck with me. All of them. These aren’t stories that should die with the Greatest Generation, but stories that need to be kept alive. But how?

There are days, birthdays, Remembrance Days, Veteran’s Days, D-Days, when mere moments in time’s grand scheme need to be devoted to appreciating the lives lost and the reasons as to why they were lost. Days dedicated to listening to the stories of Veterans, keeping their comrade’s names alive, their heroic actions breathing, while teaching our youth to honor the fallen by living their days seizing this freedom that wasn’t in any way earned, but given as a gift to them and generations before them years before they were born by men and boys they never knew.

These men have stories that need to be told. Their sacrifice isn’t something of the past, it’s alive, it’s breathing, it’s in every action you and I take that’s done on our own free will. It’s encompassed in every decision we make of our own volition.

Ask a Veteran to tell a story. Thank him for everything he’s done. Keep these stories alive. Keep them alive by telling your kids and telling your kids to tell their kids that there were great men no older than you or I that laid down their lives for people they didn’t know, but an idea that they clung to until their last breath; an idea that men should be free and freedom even for others is an idea worth dying for.

Tell the stories that need to be told.

If you’re a Veteran or if you have a story of a veteran, an uncle, a grandfather, a father, a brother that you’d like to share with a bunch of people that you don’t know, I’d be happy to publish it on this site, in this article. If you have a story or a video worth sharing, share it in the comments section. I’ll read them and watch them and update this page with the stories in the article. Keep this stuff alive.

Tell the stories that need to be told.

I’ve received a number of emails from guys who have great stories to tell. I don’t think it’s my place to rewrite them or post them or share them, their words are far more powerful than mine. So, and I’m not sure if this is something you guys want to do, but if there’s a story you want to tell about bravery, about the horrors of war, about the sacrifices made, use this as that platform. I’ll be honored to publish it on this site.

So again. Comment in the comments section with your story, I’ll edit it and get it up on this site.

 

  • Real Men Do Stuff

    Hi Guys, My Father-In-Law was in Vietnam and did not tell much of his stories to his kids. He has not shared a great deal with me either, and mostly this is due in my opinion to the fact that he was only 18 when we went over and just under 20 when he cam back to due some family issues. What has become clear in the months and years I have known this real man (always a Marine), is that you should always take him seriously unless he indicates it is ok not to do so. These guys that have seen the most insane and cruel moments in life, do not take anything lightly. Realize that when they were in it, only one thought was there, how do I stay alive? How much of this can we say for ourselves from our day to day experiences? How do we stay alive, how is it that we keep moving forward? Some do and some don’t but these guys that survived and went through and came out the otherside can still bring the intensity 30-40 years later. I have worked with him in building a house, I have seen him in a moment that other people would give in, I have never ever seen this man waiver on a decision. BOOM! IT’s done and don’t question it.

    • http://www.chadhowsefitness.com/2011/01/20-characteristics-of-a-real-man/ Chad Howse

      Love it!