June 6, 1944. A time that changed the world.

On this day 68 years ago, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in acts of gallantry that changed not only the outcome of World War II but the whole world. On the ridge above Omaha Beach is the U.S. cemetery where thousands of Americans who were killed during the invasion are buried.

It is one of the saddest and most peaceful places I know. The grave markers of fallen American servicemen and women … white marble markers of 9,387 who died during the D-Day invasion and the ensuing battles.

While their earthly remains are at rest in Normandy, their souls long ago left this soil and were welcomed by God and all the angels.

The last time I visited the cemetery, I saw a small bouquet with a note at the grave marker of Pvt. Anthony J. Chiappinelli from Rhode Island. The note was from his daughter whom he apparently never knew. It read, “Until we meet Daddy. Love, Anne”