Remembering D-Day

Today is the anniversary of D-Day, the Normandy landing, and on this day we remember all veterans who took part in the invasion, those who died that day and those who lived on to share the story with others. In particular, we remember D-Day veteran Irving Smolens, who always spoke to the students at the middle school during their Memorial Day assembly. He and his wife Edith were active and involved members of the Melrose community for many years. I liked to say that Irving remembered the past but determined to create a better future. He passed away two years ago, and we still miss him.

As President Clinton said on the 50th anniversary of D-Day,

They may walk with a little less spring in their step, and their ranks are growing thinner, but let us never forget, when they were young, these men saved the world.

Melrose D-Day veteran Irving Smolens in May, 1945, outside Munich, Germany.

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