On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, Fairview High School will be holding its annual graduation ceremony. A proud time. So many young lives with such promise ahead of them. Some off to college or technical school. Some have found jobs already, some will enter the military… some have not yet decided what to do with the rest of their lives.
Congratulations to those seniors and success in their chosen futures.
On June 6,1944 that was not the case. Some of those seniors, dropping out of school early to go to war, were anticipating the big push. THE BIG PUSH. Everyone knew that an invasion of the French coast was looming. Elaborate plans were made, postponed due to weather then rescheduled. At last, conditions were barely right for the largest land invasion ever planned. Those men taking part were anywhere from 17 to 40+ in age. The youngest of those probably thought that after the war they would resume their high school careers, finish and maybe, with the government’s help, go to college, start a job or business, get married, have a family, grow old.
Many did all of that – they were regarded as “The Greatest Generation.” And now, they are in their 90s (plus), many leaving us every day.
But that is a subject for another time. Again, we congratulate our seniors. Live a long, healthy, happy, productive life. And don’t forget to join the historical societies in the areas where you finally reside, for they need your time and talent.
Meanwhile, here’s a hint: in August, a group of paratroopers will land in the side lawn of the Sturgeon House, having gone off course from their D-Day landing…. What’s that about? More coming soon!