Remembering D-Day, June 6, 1944 (Updated)

6 Jun
June 6, 1944

June 6, 1944

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….The free men of the world are marching together to victory. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory. Good luck, and let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.” ~General Dwight D. Eisenhower giving the D-Day order on June 6, 1944.

Countdown to D-Day from The National D-Day Memorial Foundation
The information included here is intended to provide a framework for understanding the decisions and activities leading up to the invasion of Normandy at a variety of levels, from the Supreme Headquarters to the individual soldier, sailor, or airman. It is meant to provide insight into how each connected with and affected the other, and to humanize the complex story that is Operation Overlord.

Clear Skies Over Normandy
Warren Kozak, TownHall

The sea swelled, the rain came down in torrents, but the skies were clear. Sixty-five years ago, when the first men of the 29th Infantry Division waded onto Omaha Beach, they faced terrible resistance – crack German troops, mines, mortars and artillery. There was, however, one vital element that was blessedly missing. There were no German airplanes flying above them on D-Day.
Read more.

Leslie Carbone has President Reagan’s D-Day address at the 40th Anniversary.

SWAC Girl has this tribute: D-Day sacrifice remembered … June 6, 1944

See also:

Final Farewell to the Bedford Boys

The Price of Freedom, my family visit to the National D-Day Memorial

And finally, this unbelievable piece:

On D-Day Anniversary, Google Memorializes… Tetris?
Warner Todd Huston, NewsBusters

Yes, it’s far more important to Google to celebrate the anniversary of the invention of the video game Tetris than to memorialize D-Day. It just warms the heart, doesn’t it?


UPDATE:  Rick Sincere has a roundup of Jeffersoniad Posts:
D-Day Plus 23,741

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