65 Years Ago: June 11, 1944: US Fast Carrier Attack Force begins bombing Marianas in preparation for invasion.
A graduation makes you stop, look around, and see where you’ve come from and where you hope to go.
This week my youngest son finishes elementary school, my daughter finishes middle school, and my oldest son, a high school junior, will serve in the honor guard at graduation – a dry run for next year.
Like all transitions, bittersweet.
We leave behind good things we will miss. My youngest is already mourning recess, and I will miss the atmosphere of elementary school – the glue sticks and finger paints, the tiny chairs and apple decor.
But some things we leave behind gladly. Anyone want to return to the days of middle school insecurity or high school drama? Anyone? Anyone?
Transitions also can produce worries. The First Locker in middle school. Entering high school and knowing your grades really count now. College Applications. Will your friends leave you behind? Will you ever make new friends? Will you spend the next three years upside-down in a trash can?
But oh, the joy of a fresh start, a clean sheet of paper before you to fill as you will. The chance to improve yourself, to make deep friendships, and to take steps toward the future.
That’s what we celebrate – the joy, the hope, and the opportunity of a new start.
65 Years Ago: June 10, 1944: German SS troops massacre 642 civilians in Oradour sur Glane near Limoges; 10 survive.
65 Years Ago: June 9, 1944: US First Army takes Ste. Mere Eglise, France. Soviets launch offensive on Karelian Isthmus to take land lost to Finland in 1941.
65 Years Ago: June 8, 1944: British RAF uses 12,000-lb “Tallboy” bomb for first time, against train tunnel in Saumur, France.
65 Years Ago: June 6, 1944: D-Day – Allies land on the beaches of Normandy. In the biggest amphibious operation in history, 155,000 troops invade Nazi-occupied France.
65 Years Ago: June 5, 1944: First combat mission flown with B-29 Superfortresses. US 20th Bomber Command sends 98 B-29s from India to bomb Japanese-held Bangkok.
65 Years Ago: June 4, 1944: German troops evacuate Rome as the Allies advance in Italy.
65 Years Ago: June 3, 1944: German troops evacuate Rome as the Allies advance in Italy.