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Saturday, June 06, 2009

D Day

On this day, June 6th, 2009, I am remembering the brave men who fought, and died, on the beaches of occupied France. The names of those beaches is etched in history... Omaha, Utah, Juno, Sword, Gold...
On June 6th, 1944, 150,000 Allied soldiers clambered aboard heaving landing craft and braved 6 foot swells, relentless machine gun fire and more than 6 million land mines to claim a stretch of sand in a place called Normandy. Their mission was to carve out an Allied foothold on the edge of Nazi-occupied Europe for the army of one million that would follow. That army would burst forth from this beach and roll across Europe and into the heart of Germany. They would liberate millions, topple a genocidal regime and end a dark nightmare. But this all began, on these beaches, on THIS day.
The historical and human consequences of their actions are epic.
This is the 65th anniversary of D-Day and the very youngest of these veterans are turning 82 this year. The years to come will see fewer and fewer of their ranks...fewer and fewer of them to share their memories...
Valor, Fidelity, Sacrifice...

11 comments:

bj said...

I was 6 on this memorable day...I don't really remember anything about it but my dad sure did.
Thank you for remembering...there are getting to be fewer and fewer of us that do.
hugs, bj

bj said...

I didn't realize someone had left a mean comment on your blog until I was reading others. I'm sorry!
Mean people are everywhere, it seems.
You just do your blog and blogging as you see fit and don't worry what others think. When blogging is no longer fun for me, I will quit. I will never DELETE it..too much hard work and great photos...
hugs, bj

Connie said...

You've made me cry, sweetpea. I'm such a military wife type of person that it's hard to me to see any of our brave young men without a lump in my throat. I love them and everyone who has helped to keep my country free. They deserve much more than they get, sugar, much more! They have my undying gratitude....
xoxo,
Connie

Gretchen said...

My dad was here last week, looking at a collection of WWII aircraft with my son. His visit was just shy of him getting to see "his" beloved Spitfire in flight. He makes painted portraits of WWII planes, so this visit was especially fun for him. I'm hoping we can get him into a bomber or a fighter sometime during 2010/2011. For he turns 70 on Christmas Eve 2010.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

What a poignant post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.
Also thank you for your sweet comment on my 'Wednesdays with my Mom' post. She has quite the following (of admirers) these days, which tickles me to no end. : )

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Even if their ranks get smaller and smaller, our memories of them will get larger and larger. As long as we keep teaching our children, grandchildren and greatgrands what freedom means and how great men defended that freedom. Thanks for reminding us all. xxoo

Naturegirl said...

Susie Q: A beautiful tribute..lest we forget. Peace to us all.

Sandi McBride said...

Never have so many owed so much to so few...was it Churchill or Roosevelt perhaps someone else...but we continue to owe a dept to those wonderful men and women who lead the way in World War 2...wonderful post, we're grateful for it SusieQ
hugs
Sandi

Allidink said...

Truly a great service they did for this country. Lovely post.

All the best,
Allison

Kelee Katillac said...

Hi Sue!

Yes this important to honor our heroes!
Thank-you!

Please stop by the abandoned dogs could use a hero right now...see the second post....at my place!

Send address so we can send the scarf....

love, kelee

Rue said...

Good morning Susie :)

I watched the events on Fox yesterday, while they sat amongst the dead and was very moved. I can't begin to imagine what they went through, but I'm thankful to every single one of them.

Oh and listen missy! You are being a silly nilly!! Everyone loves you, especially me and just because you don't see my name amongst your comments all the time doesn't mean I don't care and I assume that goes the same for all the others. I'm so behind, I can't keep up, but in order to make people happy I need to get off of here to have something to post about, even if that means not visiting.

You're right, it takes hours to make a post and many more to visit everyone. I think most of us understand that. Newbies don't, but anyone that's been doing this a while does.

Oh and just delete that idiot's comments. Anyone that takes the time to be nasty has WAY to much time on their hands and you don't need them, okay?

love you,
rue