“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…I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.” ~ General & former President, Dwight D. Eisenhower
Today is the anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944. The price of liberty on that day alone should forever live in the memories of all Americans, whether they are citizens by birth or naturalization.
Never take freedom for granted.
God bless our Veterans, our military, and all those who put their lives on the line for the freedoms we enjoy. We cannot even comprehend the sacrifices our military make for us and our country.
Pilot of the Screaming Eagle
Official Unit Report, Company A, 116th Infantry, 29th Division June 6 1944 [More information at D-Day Revisited]
It seemed to the men that the only way to get ashore was to dive head first in and swim clear of the fire that was striking the boats. But, as they hit the water, their heavy equipment dragged them down and soon they were struggling to keep afloat. Some were hit in the water and wounded. Some drowned then and there… but some moved safely through the bullet fire to the sand and then, finding they could not hold there, went back in to the water and used it as cover, only their heads sticking out.
“Those who survived kept moving with the tide, sheltering at times behind underwater obstacles and in this way they finally made their landings. Within ten minutes of the ramps being lowered, Company A had become inert, leaderless and almost incapable of action. Every officer and Sergeant had been killed or wounded. It became a struggle for survival and rescue.
“The men in the water pushed wounded men ashore, and those who had reached the sands crawled back into the water pulling others to land to save them from drowning, in many cases only to see the rescued men wounded again or to be hit themselves. Within twenty minutes of striking the beach Company A had ceased to be an assault company and had become a forlorn little rescue party bent upon survival and saving lives.”
“It will never leave your mind. I don’t care how tough you are,” says one of the survivors of D-Day in this chilling and emotional account seventy years after the storming of the beaches:
They saved us from a terrible fate.
Two of the most popular songs from 1944 were Till Then and I’ll Be Seeing You, songs so many of these men would never get back to hear it again. They would never see their loved ones again. Those who waited would never be the same.
Till Then– beautiful:
I’ll be seeing you – Jimmy Durante – a wonderful version. I’ll be looking at the moon but I’ll be seeing you…
Never forget. It will happen again. Are you prepared to sacrifice everything for America, the last stand on Earth (Reagan)?
Our courageous soldiers were like sitting ducks that day. It was a daring invasion, so daring it caught the Nazis off-guard. As the Americans came ashore, Germans shot at them from bunkers, killing and wounding many, but it didn’t stop them. They kept running, for the freedom of people and generations they would never meet.
Army members recount the events of that day:
Remember these men and what they did for us before we were even born. We can never repay them. So many never came home.
These men put their lives on the line to preserve liberty, but we now allow a president to free terrorists and war criminals unilaterally. We have a president who shut down memorials to WWII veterans who would never get another chance to see the memorials erected in thanksgiving for what they and their dead brothers had done. President Obama, our post-American president, got away with blaming his actions on the opposition party and he made cheap political points because people don’t understand the depth of their sacrifice and they are not well-informed.
About 5,000 people, mostly military, cared enough to take down the barry-cades:
Honor these men, the freedom fighters who sacrificed everything.
They can’t forget and we mustn’t forget the price they paid for our freedom, freedom we take so lightly today.