June 7, 2021


Each of us holds meaning about pieces of history in different ways and for different reasons. My mother’s birthday was yesterday, she would have been 103 years old. She died at age 97. She and my dad had an amazing story which included D-Day. My parents were very patriotic, perhaps it was because my father landed at Omaha Beach after fighting in Africa and Sicily as part of the Army’s Big Red One. His story continued on from the beach for several months. My mother was proud that she shared her birthday with D-Day having volunteered in WWII helping with the wounded soldiers when they returned to the states.

We talk about performances and the meaning behind the stories. When I saw this performance by Sam Elliott I knew that I had to share it on the blog. It’s Ray Lambert’s story but its also everyone’s story who fought in the war. The performance of Sam Elliott sharing Ray Lambert’s story is the finest kind of performance, in my opinion.

In remembrance of D-Day Actor Sam Elliott shares the story of 98-year-old D-Day survivor Ray Lambert who landed on Omaha Beach. Sgt. Ray Lambert is a highly-decorated combat medic who landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944. He survived along with his brother who also landed on the Normandy beaches on D-Day. This talk was given at the 30th National Memorial Day Concert in Washington D.C. in 2019.  

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