Today is the 61st anniversary of D-Day. I was very privileged to be a part of the 40th anniversary. Our high school band was invited to come over and play (Maryland National Gaurd units suffered some of the greatest casualties) and it was truly humbling experience for us all. Even in the midst of our current military conflict I believe it is difficult to imagine not only the massive casaulties suffered in that single day, but the bravery of those men to go to the beach knowing what was waiting for them.
One of the most touching moments was playing in France (at Omaha Beach I think). We played Amazing Grace and Clayton Dutton played taps. The crowd had formed in a semi-circle in front of us and when we finished playing two men ran across the open space to embrace one another. They had not seen each other since that day they hit the beach. Amazing Grace indeed...
UPDATE: If you have XM satellite radio
they are rebroadcasting the D-Day announcements, news, and music on the same schedule as June 6, 1944.