D-Day

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Desertrat, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. Desertrat macrumors newbie

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    June 6th. A day of remembrance.


    "Almighty God, our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity."

    "With these opening words, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt informed America of the of the Allied Invasion of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. Hitler's "Festung Europa" was to be breached. The cost would be high, very high. The average age of Americans who flew sorties, glided, jumped, or waded ashore on Omaha and Utah Beaches that day was twenty years. Many would not live to see their twenty first. The same is true of the British and other allies who stormed ashore on Gold, Juno, and Sword Beaches. Those who did survive that ghastly day, and the war, who are alive today, are no longer young men. They are in their eighties and departing this earth at the rate of one thousand and five hundred each day. Soon, all of them will be gone. We must never forget what they did for us. Never forget. Never."
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    And from Ike:

    "SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE

    Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!

    You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world."

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    My father went ashore that day. Fought through France with Patton. Led the patrol that secured the Remagen Bridge. Aided in the liberation of the Nazi work camp at Dortmund. Bronze Star, Purple Heart--of which he never spoke and about which I did not know until after his death. His records burned in the warehouse fire in St. Louis, so I'll never know.

    As is posted at Dachau: "Never Again".

    'Rat
     
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