Jonathan Fanning


Normandy: Earn This!

Words can not express the gratitude that I feel for those who have sacrificed in order to make the world a better place. Franklin D. Roosevelt's words echoed throughout my time walking the beaches of Normandy. "Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them." I make it a habit to visit places that remind me of the higher purpose each of our lives should serve. It puts life in perspective, reminds me how blessed we are, helps me appreciate the gift of life.

If you get the chance, walk the beaches of Normandy. Let it affect you. If getting to Normandy is difficult, watch a documentary or read about D-Day. Feel the weight of those who sacrifice. I whispered to the sands and to the countless graves, "Thank you!" The echo seemed to say, "Earn This!"

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