To the editor:

Seventy-five years ago, a Gloucester fisherman boarded a landing craft with the intent of landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy and with a goal of liberating Europe from the Nazi oppression.

That soldier, that Gloucester fisherman, was a 21-year-old man who, like so many, accepted the daunting challenge, the risk to his life, to save the world.

Michael P. Orlando, that soldier, fisherman, my father, had lived through and suffered through the Great Depression.

Twice wounded, he with his division landed and took the beach, pushed inland and with that foothold on the continent of Europe, spelled the end of the Nazis, the fascists and opened the door for democracy.

They are called The Greatest Generation with cause and justification. On June 6 and all the days that follow, we should hold up the example of courage and dedication for our young and the generations that follow.

May we always remember The Greatest Generation. Their sacrifices, the Gold Star families who grieved the loss of a husband, a son and in some cases a daughter in the pursuit of freedom.

Good will always triumph when good men act.

I am proud to be the son of an American hero. A hero who did not shrink from his role and his duty.

And I salute all our heroes from all the conflicts since. You are America’s best. Thank you for your service.

Joseph M. Orlando

Gloucester