Attorney George Sink Sr. is a long-time supporter of veterans and understands the importance they have in a community. He and three other veterans worked to create a memorial to our Vietnam Veterans in the 1980’s. So when given the opportunity to be part of this ceremony on October 11, 2019, paying tribute to the soldiers who died in the Normandy Invasion, he gratefully accepted. George served two tours in Vietnam and was discharged as a Captain, so George’s respect for veterans comes from a place of great understanding.
George said, “The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is an overwhelmingly emotional sight to behold. To be able to honor those who fought and died during D-Day, one of the most decisive battles in history, alongside fellow veterans, meant the world to me. These men and women shared a devotion to America, the greatest country on earth, and were willing to, and did, pay for their devotion to our country with their lives.”
Most of us are familiar with the historic events of D-Day, also known as the Normandy Invasion. Popular movies, such as Saving Private Ryan, depict the grim battle where young men fought and died by the thousands. On June 6, 1944 the battle began, and not exactly as planned. The first difficulty the allied forces faced was the poor weather that limited visibility and caused several miscalculations. Despite the obstacles, determined, they pushed through. If not for the courage of these mostly young soldiers, the world as we know it today could be quite different. This battle was the turning point of World War II, and it was the beginning of the end of the war.
At the ceremony, Mr. Sink joined with others to lay a wreath at the base of the statue, “Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves.” This bronze statue stands 22 feet high and portrays a young man looking towards the sky, arms outstretched. At his feet, waves give the appearance of him rising up from the water. Encircling the statue on the floor reads, “MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THE GLORY OF THE COMING OF THE LORD.”
Mr. Sink had this to say after his visit: “I was in awe standing in that cemetery. A deep feeling of American pride for the bravery of our fighting forces overwhelmed me. It was truly an honor to be there.”
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