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People gather for the Dr. Hal Baumgarten D-Day commemoration ceremony at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans on Thursday, June 6, 2024. The program was one of the many events at the museum Thursday commemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day. (Staff photo by Brett Duke, The Times-Picayune)

On the anniversary of D-Day, we paused to remember the courageous souls who faced the storm of tyranny on the beaches of Normandy. As we reflected on the sacrifices made 80 years ago, we were reminded of the profound courage and unwavering determination of those who fought against the grip of oppression.

D-Day stands as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit against the forces of darkness. Brave men stormed the shores, not for conquest, but for the preservation of liberty and the defeat of tyranny. They bore the weight of the world on their shoulders, knowing that the fate of generations hung in the balance.

Yet, even as we honor their memory, we cannot ignore the echoes of the past that reverberate in our present. The specter of tyranny, in various guises, still haunts our world. We see the seeds of division and hatred being sown, fueled by misinformation and the manipulation of truth.

In our time, we must remain vigilant against the resurgence of ideologies that seek to divide and conquer. We must confront the "big lie" wherever it rears its ugly head, for history has taught us the dangers of complacency in the face of falsehoods.

Let us heed the lessons of the past and honor the sacrifices of those who fought for our freedom by standing firm against tyranny in all its forms. May their courage inspire us to uphold the values of democracy, equality and justice for all. And may we never forget that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

WILLIAM WALSH

New Orleans

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