Bill Moyers is a proud American. He’s served his country near its highest levels as a presidential press secretary.
He’s also serving his country telling important stories that all Americans need to see and hear. Some of those stories involve heroes — and not the made-up kind, but the real thing.
We’ve just commemorated Memorial Day, the holiday that honors those who have fallen in battle. Thus, it is good to look back at a Bill Moyers Journal special that aired six years ago on KACV-TV. On May 27, 2007, Moyers recounted a journey he took with some of those heroes to Normandy, France, a region on the English Channel coast. One of them, Jose Lopez of San Antonio, received the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor on the battlefield.
On June 6, 1944, Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Dwight Eisenhower gave the order, “OK, we’ll go,” and launched an invasion that commenced the liberation of Europe from the tyrants who enslaved it during World War II.
Moyers took some of the men who splashed ashore on that overcast, dreary day. They stormed the beaches in the face of withering enemy fire. They knew the price would be heavy. They were not to be deterred or denied. The mission succeeded. The men ran off the beach, toward the hedge rows and farmland in the French interior and into history.
These heroes are old men now, in their late 80s and their 90s. They’re dying at a rate of 1,000-plus each day. It’s estimated that roughly 2 million of the estimated 16 million American veterans who served during World War II are still with us. It’s critical to hear their stories and for them to provide their historical knowledge.
Bill Moyers gives them an important forum to tell their story. We must listen to these men.