76 years ago 2nd Lieutenant Leonard Anker of the 29th landed in Normandy, France for Operation Overlord, AKA D-Day as apart of the 29th Infantry Division. He led platoon of men on Omaha Beach and was presented the Distinguished Service Cross by Lt. Gen Omar N. Bradley for his actions.
I had the honor of wearing Leonard Anker's uniform for the past two years while on the WWII Color Guard at Spanish Springs High School. The uniform was donated to our JROTC program and went unworn for years until I found it my junior year and asked to wear it because it fit perfectly. When I first wore the uniform, it was incomplete. Only having 3 awards and not even the correct rank. That same year I got to meet his grand daughter, Mrs. Beadell who was my AP Environmental Science teacher. Senior year her parents ordered a copy of his service record and all of his awards so we could finally complete the uniform.
It seems fitting that yesterday was the last day of my senior year and the very next day is the 76th anniversary of the day he landed in France along with hundreds of thousands of other American soldiers to fight for our country.
It makes me proud that I'm leaving on a journey to serve this country in just a few weeks.