Roussel: Veterans risked their lives for service

Published 12:15 am Saturday, June 8, 2019

On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.”

WWII Veteran O’Neil Boe was honored with a framed photo of Gen Dwight Eisenhower speaking to the troops before the D-Day invasion in 2015, before his passing in 2017 at the age of 95

More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolph Hitler’s troops.

Never Forget!!!  And, no truer words has ever spoken relative to the soldier…”A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life wrote a blank check, made payable to The United States of America for an amount of up to and including their life. That is Honor, Courage & Bravery and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand nor respect it.”  ~ By Lt. Col. George Goodson, USMC (Ret)


Timmy Roussel is the St. James Parish President. He can be reached at|