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 WAYNE, Pa., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The following, offered for your unrestricted use, may be attributed to Daniel Patrick Scott:
 Nearly 50 years have passed since the Allies stormed the beaches at Normandy, launching a vicious attack on Hitler's mighty Nazi forces, which ultimately paved the way for victory. June 6, 1944, would forever be known as D-Day -- the beginning of the end of World War II.
 Those tireless, brave young men, who fought so valiantly to liberate the oppressed peoples of France, Holland, Luxembourg and Belgium, are today, well into their seventh decade. For many of them, the memories of historic events are as vivid today as they were the day they occurred. One needs only to talk with a soldier who proudly marched into liberated towns to the riotous, jubilant cheers of emancipated citizens; or the paratrooper who descended into the heat of battle at Ste. Mere Eglise; or the infantryman who first tread foot in the notorious camps at Auschwitz, Berkenau, Dachau or Triblinka. Invariably, their eyes well up with tears as the memories rush to mind. Some even have to stop, because those remembrances become much too painful.
 Yet, with all the tragedy surrounding the war, the greatest memory in the minds and hearts of our veterans is the unforgettable sight of Lady Liberty, perched high and proud in New York Harbor. "I cried," recalled Sgt. Robert Culver (Ret) of the 78th Infantry Division. "In fact, everyone on the ship was crying as she came into view. It was the most incredible feeling I ever had. I was finally home." It was then when most veterans realized for what they fought so hard to accomplish. Something, which until that very moment, had been taken for granted -- Freedom!
 For years, World War II has been glamorized by Hollywood, hyped by the media, misunderstood by students and misinterpreted by scholars. However, it still stands alone as the greatest military campaign and victory in modern history. As such, it also remains an indelible indicator of the horrors and atrocities that war can inflict upon the human race. We have learned many a valuable lesson from World War II, lessons our collective memories will not and should not allow us to forget. For memories serve two purposes -- to remember, and, most importantly, to not forget. It has been said that time heals all wounds. Perhaps. But, even time does not forget.
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