June 6th

D-Day to many of todays generation it doesn’t mean much, but to me growing up in the 50’s and watching episodes of “The world at war” it is very meaningful. The day the allies started to take back Europe. Seems to me many European countries and Europeans have forgotten the sacrifices young American men made to return their countries to them.

June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high -more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded — but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe .

It was the beginning of the end. The former Soviet Union can say what they want but it was the Western front that caused the end to come.

Today the beach is a place to swim, relax and play on the funny concrete buildings with the strange metal pipe sticking out

However on June 6th 1944 it was not a pleasant little Channel beach.

Let us not forget the sacrifice it takes to keep America and the world free. In todays apologetic society we ask forgiveness for the freedom and fighting spirit we displayed. The rest of the world owes us a debt they can never repay. The blood of Americans spilled on foreign shores.

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