June 6, 1944

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Filed Under General on Jun 6 

This post has little to do with the presidential race, but I thought it important to remember this day in history.

Sixty-four years ago this morning, some 176,000 soldiers crossed the English channel in 2,700 ships with landing craft and went ashore at Normandy on beaches with the names of Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. D-Day marked the largest seaborne invasion in history. Those who stormed the beaches along with those newly minted Airborne Paratroopers were part of a truly momentous day in military and world history.

There was a high price paid for the victory that summer day so long ago. No exact casualty numbers are available, but it is estimated that nearly 9,000 soldiers fell that day. Of that, some 3,000 did not live to see the next day.

There are many accounts – written, pictorial, and film – of the events of D-Day. Twelve soldiers received the Congressional Medal of Honor – the highest military award for courage and bravery above and beyond the call of duty – for their actions on that and other days subsequent to the invasion. A cursory glance of military history would lead one to believe no other day in US history saw such bravery from those called to defend their nation and liberate others from evil tyranny.

There is a debt owed by this nation to those brave men who made history on that June morning so many years ago. They fought and won a world war in order that freedom might prevail over they tyranny that threatened it.

So, as you go about your Friday, take a moment to remember the boys who became men on far away beaches which turned into battlefields. So that you might have a better understanding of what they did, I’ve included a link to the first few minutes of what is without exception the best depiction of the D-Day landings at Normandy – Saving Private Ryan. It is not for the squeamish or faint of heart so viewer discretion is obviously advised.

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