Today, as we remember the 66th anniversary of D-Day, we are reminded of the strong will and determination of the people who have helped lead, serve and protect our country.
James Livingston is one of these outstanding examples.
He served in World War II after enlisting while underage. His parents let him enlist on one condition: Come back from the war and earn your high school diploma.
Mr. Livingston marched to war in 1942. As an 86-year-old veteran, the former Eighth Air Force spare gunner marched with the Class of 2010 at the Screven County High School commencement ceremony last week. He stood alongside budding high school graduates as living proof to them and the rest of this country that any goal can be reached with raw determination.
"It has taken a couple of years to get it. I've been busy," he said. "Through the years, I have thought to myself: 'You promised your Momma you would get your diploma,' but I hadn't."
Mr. Livingston is an inspiring example of the kind of uncompromising perseverance that has propelled our nation. He stands as an inspiration to anyone with a daunting task to accomplish.
The same people who helped win World War II -- people like Mr. Livingston -- continue to win victories for themselves today, and to be role models for so many others.