Today, of course, is the sixty-seventh anniversary of the greatest amphibious invasion in history, the invasion of France on the Normandy beaches by men of the American and British Armies on June 6, 1944. It is hard to even imagine what it must have taken for young men -- and they were so young, most of them -- to leap from those boats into the water and wade ashore under withering fire from German guns. Training? Sure. But also courage, patriotism, fear of letting their units and platoon buddies down, faith in God. As the World War II generation slowly fades (a 20 year old who survived Omaha Beach and the rest of the war would now be 87), it's more necessary than ever to take time to remember, and to thank them.