In June 2014, people gathered in Normandy, France to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion and honor all the brave soldiers who lost their lives that day fighting for freedom and peace. Among those people was an 11-year-old boy who was there on a special mission.
As part of his project titled “Project Vigil,” the boy spent four days teaching visitors and tourists about three very special paratroopers. They had been buried in the American Cemetery, and the boy thought more people should know about them.
On the official D-Day celebration, the boy dressed up in his WWII-style uniform and was ready to pay tribute to those who lost their lives more than seventy years ago. However, police didn’t allow the boy to enter the cemetery dressed that way. The boy was obvious disappointed, but immediately thought of another place he could go.
With his American flag in his hands, the boy headed to Omaha beach. The wind was blowing strong, but he managed to stick the flag into the sand, as brave soldiers did before him. He spent hours staring into the ocean, thanking those who fought against evil so that he could live in a better world.