Thumbs up: The soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, 75 years ago were honored by Carroll County officials Thursday, and we want to use this space to do the same. Members of the 29th Division Association Post 48, which serves to keep the history of the 29th Infantry Division alive, were present at the commissioners’ meeting. Among them was Westminster resident and World War II veteran Junior Fisher, who devoted a total of 40 years to the military. He was drafted and entered the U.S. Navy about one month after D-Day on July 17, 1944. He believes young people “should learn about what happened” in World War II; we agree. The Allied victory shaped the world order, promoting peace, freedom and intergovernmental cooperation instead of the white supremacy and fascism of Hitler’s Third Reich. It’s essential that we all, as Americans, appreciate and cherish that victory over evil — as well as the immense sacrifices made to achieve that just end. And the D-Day assault was pivotal in the campaign to retake Europe from the Nazis. “They hit those beaches against machine gun fire and just unbelievable conditions,” Del. Haven Shoemaker said at the commissioners’ meeting. “The heroism that they exhibited that day is unparalleled.” When he said “unparalleled,” he wasn’t exaggerating. We all owe a great debt to those who rushed Normandy in the name of freedom.