Jillian here: I’ve been thinking this week about the 70th anniversary of D-Day (June 6) which we all know was the beginning of the end of the Second World War in Europe. I have a dear friend who was there and he is getting more elderly as all those veterans are. It saddens me to think how they will all be gone before we know it.
I am glad that longevity seems to be on the rise. So many of these wonderful veterans would already be gone if the former numbers were still true. It used to be that living to be in your late 70s was considered a long life. Now we have so many who live into their 90s and even into the 100s that we are blessed to be able to listen to their personal experiences for longer and people who may have never been able to talk to their grandfathers or great-grandfathers are able to learn so much firsthand.
My friend I refer to above lied about his age and entered the Navy at age 15 so he was still pretty young during that D-Day invasion but he’s coming close to his late 80s now and I know he’s not going to be around as long as I would like him to be. I am determined to enjoy him and his stories while I can.
How about you? Do you have a WWII/D-Day veteran you still see or visit?