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D-Day 65th. Anniversary Today


#1

Remember then today even if only for a minute.

Text of Eisenhower's message to the troops:

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.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well
equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of
1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats,
in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their
strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home
Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions
of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men.
The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to
Victory!

I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in
battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!

Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great
and noble undertaking.

SIGNED: Dwight D. Eisenhower

A moving speech at the 40th anniversary commemoration:


#2

My grandfather was in the first landing at Normandy at the age of 16. Everytime I visit, I can’t wait to hear about his experiences in the war. It still amazes me just how much so many in our country sacrificed to win that war.


#3

+RIP+
All who died that day.

Réquiem ætérnam dona eis Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat eis. Requiéscant in pace. Amen.


#4

[quote]masonator wrote:
My grandfather was in the first landing at Normandy at the age of 16. Everytime I visit, I can’t wait to hear about his experiences in the war. It still amazes me just how much so many in our country sacrificed to win that war. [/quote]

Here is a moving account of D-Day by a well known historian. IT was written in 1960 when those events were not so distant in the past.

It’s hard to imagine the courage it took to make it to nightfall that day.


#5

Salute to all who fought and fell.


#6

god bless every single one of those men and women