The Longest Day

Last night, June 6, was the annual gathering of my family to watch THE LONGEST DAY, the first motion picture made about the American and British invasion of German occupied France. It has gone from watching with one daughter when the video tape first came out to a monster family blast featuring many kinds of European beer and ale with various kinds of European sausage, and buns. There is champagne to go with the exotic dessert made by one daughter. The food comes out when the break came in the original movie and from then on less serious attention is paid to what is happening on the TV.

My wife and father and I first saw this movie when it originally appeared in 1962 in a well appointed movie house. While getting together to view it now has become a food fest, it continues to remind me that approximately 10,000 men were killed and wounded that day on the allied side in getting ashore so that the Germans could be driven out of France and the rest of the western European countries they had defeated and occupied.

And that brings me to a point I have made before. I did not create the social and economic conditions in which I live. The wonderful conditions in which I and my family live were bought in large part by the sacrifice and inventiveness of people who lived before me. Last night was a great party, but it is always a reminder of obligations we owe to ancestors and millions of others yet to come.

  1. #1 by Marv on June 10, 2015 - 3:33 pm

    Dr. Boswell,
    This is terrific.
    Your wonderful family get together is a great example of why we need to continue to remember and be thankful for the sacrifices and work so many did for

    • #2 by John Boswell on July 17, 2015 - 2:35 pm

      Dear Marvin, once again, thank you for your comment. After we come home from the beach in early August, we will have to get together for lunch.

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