"We, here in America, hold in our hands the hopes of the world, the fate of the coming years; and shame and disgrace will be ours if in our eyes the light of high resolve is dimmed, if we trail in the dust the golden hopes of men.
--Theodore Roosevelt (Address at Carnegie Hall, March 30, 1912)


The year was 1944.
Multitudes of Americans
were making the ultimate sacrifice
on the Beaches and Lands and Seas
and in the Air of Europe.
The only people on the planet Earth
who have given so much of themselves to others.
The only people on the planet Earth
who are willing to defend the FREEDOM of others.

Linh Duy Vo
June 6, 1998

(D-Day And Normandy Fellowship)
17, Clarence Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire
PO5 2LG 

June 6, 2001

Dear England and American Veterans,

One somber Sunday prior to Memorial Day 1999, the last Memorial Day of the century, by divine intervention, the original address was blessed upon me: GRATITUDE.ORG.

I was searching for this word with dot org, not dot commercial, as I had drawn a mental picture. In it, I saw England. It must be this country. I imagined the English word, Gratitude. The Britons too are the recipients of the ultimate sacrifice of America who sent her sons to die for freedom of others across the Atlantic Ocean...

Yet, God saved this word, GRATITUDE, for a child of war from Vietnam...
So, in the spirit of D-Day (also my Birthday--I went to see the movie Pear Harbor), I ought to share with the people of England and Europe the poem "D-Day."

God Bless,

Linh Duy Vo, Poet

Autographed by Joe Rosanthal 






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