We Shall Return Again and Again

I have a fear.

I never discuss it with anyone.

I am afraid of the day when no one is left who was there.


No one who knows what it was like.


No one who tasted fear and smelled the death.



No one who remembers the horror.

Or the hope.




“Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again”

FDR D-Day Prayer, June 6, 1944


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  • lipstickatthemailbox
    June 6, 2009

    TP, I hardly have words. I am choking back tears. Many, many thanks for posting this.

  • ZZMike
    June 6, 2009

    Excellent post. I can only add what someone said, long ago, about another war: “It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. … that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion…”

    Many of the old soldiers going to Normandy now know that it may be their last visit. (Among them Queen Elizabeth, who drove an ambulance during WW II.)

    They carried the flag for us, then. Let’s take it up from them as they fall – it’s up to us now.

  • marla
    June 7, 2009

    This is just amazing…i think about it also. Thank you for taking time to help us all remember!

  • LPC
    June 7, 2009

    Princess. Thank you. My father’s brother and father both died in WWII. Thank you.

  • GingerSnap
    June 7, 2009

    We should all be so thankful for our veterans. God bless :)

  • VictoriaM
    June 7, 2009

    Beautifully, movingly presented; of course you are right!

  • Petunia
    June 7, 2009

    Thank you for this post!

  • muffy
    June 7, 2009

    Greatest post ever.

  • Preppy 101
    June 6, 2009

    Oh, this is such a poignant post Princess. Yes, it will be such a sad day when there is no one left who remembers. But there will always be people like you to remind everyone. Thank you for this post and these pictures. xoxo

  • Ginny
    June 7, 2009

    What an amazing post. I too share your fear, but I am thankful for people like you who remember those who were there.

  • CashmereLibrarian
    June 7, 2009

    Well done.

  • WendyB
    June 7, 2009


  • mamacita
    June 7, 2009

    We’re already down to the last American veteran of World War I.

  • Barefoot in the Park
    June 8, 2009

    simply and beautifully stated.

  • Miss Madras
    June 7, 2009

    It will be a sad day when those that were there are not here to remind us of what it was like. Thank you for the photos and the great post!

  • preppyinnewengland
    June 7, 2009

    This is a stunning, poignant and beautiful post. We won’t lose the message if we strive to constantly teach our children….so they in turn do the same to their children. If we all can just slow down and start talking to our young. The reminders are so important and provide so much.

  • preppy player
    June 8, 2009

    Powerful post. Well done. Brilliant.
    Do. this. More.

  • Cricket
    June 8, 2009

    what a great post, like others i felt emotion and tears…

  • La Belette Rouge
    June 8, 2009

    Touching and poignant post. He-weasel was watching a movie about WW1 this weekend and I was so struck by a line “No one will ever know what we endured; no one.” Your post reiterates that sentiment.

  • Princess Freckles
    June 8, 2009

    This got me really teary eyed. Truly the greatest generation of men (and women).

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