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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Remembering D-Day

cj Sez: Seventy-five years ago, on June 6, 1944, the Allied Forces of Britain, America, Canada, and France attacked German forces on the coast of Normandy, France. With a force of more than 150,000, the Allies gained a victory that became the turning point for World War II in Europe.  
D-Day Order of the Day (National Archives Identifier 186473)

   Every year Normandy celebrates the long summer of 1944 and the re-establishment of freedom: “Normandy will bear the scars of this moment in history forever and every year we remember and pay tribute to the veterans from America, Britain, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Norway, Poland and Australia, along with their brothers in arms, those many heroes who lost their lives here during that summer of 1944.”

   D-Day, the day now often referred to as “the beginning of the end of war in Europe,” was originally code-named Operation Overlord.

   Operation Overlord was supposed to start June 5, 1944, under United States General Dwight D. Eisenhower's orders, but bad weather delayed the invasion. So a day later, Ike called it a “go,” and the Allies invaded five beaches—code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.
(Source: National World War II Museum)
   My uncle waded ashore on one of those beaches and was “different” when he came home. Shell-shocked was what they called PTSD back then.

   My friend Fen was two weeks shy of his 21st birthday on D-Day. He served with Patton until the end of the war. A world traveler and writer/poet, he now calls Savannah home.

   Sixteen million young Americans served in World War II, and in this 75th anniversary year, the survivors are in their 80s and 90s. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, more than 300 World War II veterans die every day. Time is running out to honor these survivors for their courage, their service and their sacrifice.  

   If you know a WWII veteran, whether s/he served on active duty or stoked the fires on the home front, it’s a good day, every day, to say “Thank You” to a member of Tom Brokaw’s “Greatest Generation.”

cj Sez: Sa-lute and God Bless.

  That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

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