05-05-2018: Rick Tupper
On Saturday, May 5th, 2018, I was honored to be recognized as the Veteran of the Day and to forever become a part of the Sunset March.
As a Veteran of the United Stated military, it was humbling to see the dedication made each and every day to recognize the sacrifice made by those 48 US paratroopers on 20 September 1944.
I can not put to words the feeling I had while walking the bridge. A mix of sadness for their ultimate sacrifice but a feeling of pride. I am proud to be an American Veteran but I am also so proud of the people of Nijmegen for the creation of this amazing bridge and so proud of the Dutch Veterans who have taken on the task of forever remembering the sacrifices of so many during a time that seems so long ago.
May we never forget those sacrifices that allow us all to live as free people today.
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the Sunset March. I will forever remember that evening and forever be proud to call myself a Sunset Marcher!