But this is a tribute to those who sacrificed. My own father Andy Smith, came across Omaha beach, not on D-Day, but later, as a young infantry Lieutenant with the 41st Armored Infantry Regiment, part of the 2nd Armored Division. His unit was the first to enter liberated Paris but a short time later, in August of 1944, the first into Germany, and stopped the German advance during the Battle of the Bulge.
And then there are bittersweet memories of (for me) beaches and sand, from Lake Michigan, to the Pacific, the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Keys, the Mediterranean.......so many beaches, so much sand, so little time. But then there is geology, and the study of sand, and rocks. No living sedimentary, stratigraphic, or sedimentology geologist will not have known, read, or studied with Dr. Earle McBride of the University of Texas, wonderfully highlighted in the following article. Every geologist who has looked at sand grains under a microscope will appreciate and relate to the following story.
I owe so much to my father, Mr. McBride, sand, and geology. As with the Earth, what goes around comes around, and life goes on. The sun rises and the sun sets, the tide goes out and the tide comes in, and rocks tell the story to those who learn to listen. Today let's say a quiet "thank you" and remember.