“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.
No one knows for sure what the “D” in “D-Day” actually means. some believe it means “death” or “doomsday”, but others say it simply means “day” or it was for the purposes of alliteration. The words meaning has come to mean great sacrifice in the cause of freedom.
It is the story of a great victory with a great price in a war we didn’t start but one we finished, saving the world from Fascism and Nazism. The men who gave it their all knew many of them would die but they sacrificed their lives for a greater cause. Yet, the DePaul University president recently compared the spoiled brats in Black Lives Matter with the soldiers on D-Day and our president, who recently gave an implied apology at Hiroshima, closed off the World War II monuments to aged and dying veterans of the war who would only get to see the memorials this one time.
I watched as the Obama law enforcement moved the barriers around the Iwo Jima memorial further from the memorial so their fading eyesight would not be able to see it well. I was with younger veterans as they removed the gates unnecessarily blocking the World War II Memorial. It was GREAT!!! It was part of the Million Veterans’ March though only about 5,000 showed.
The lack of knowledge and respect today is beyond comprehension to those of us who love these men for the freedom they won for us. The disrespect beings with the Marxist in the White House.
They were gunning down our soldiers as they came off the ships, and still they kept coming because nothing short of victory would be accepted.
“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 to defeat.” View Photos and read here:D-Day Photos
Some information on the times might help people realize that these men left their homes, their lives, and would no longer hear the music or see a movie or live their lives because they believed in the freedom we so gladly give away today.
Two of the most popular songs from 1944 were Till Then and I’ll Be Seeing You.
Till Then– beautiful but some never made it back to hear it:
I’ll be seeing you – Jimmy Durante – a wonderful version. I’ll be looking at the moon but I’ll be seeing you…
The top 10 films of 1944 were The Uninvited, To Have and Have Not, Since You Went Away, National Velvet, Murder My Sweet, Meet Me in St. Louis, Lifeboat, Laura, Jane Eyre, Ivan the Terrible, Hail the Conquering Hero, Henry V, Going My Way, Gaslight, Double Indemnity, Arsenic and Old Lace.
The movie, Going My Way, won the 17th Oscar for Best Picture. It probably wouldn’t even be made today. It starred Bing Crosby and is the heartwarming story of a young charming & liberal priest Father Chuck O’Malley (Bing Crosby) who works in a poor New York slum Catholic parish – St. Dominic’s Church. He seeks to win over his strict, loveable, but crusty, conservative old parish priest Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald) and to teach a group of street kids responsibility and respect. The movie was followed by the sequel, The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945). [Just so you know, when they use the words “gay priest,” they mean “cheerful and carefree.”
1944 was a leap year. It marked the 1st feature-length foreign movie, African Journey, shown on TV in NYC; 1st use of helicopters during warfare (British Atlantic patrol); Ralph Bunche appointed 1st Black official in US State Department; Batman and Robin appears in newspapers for the first time; Louis Armstrong makes his appearance; Wendell Wilkie enters the presidential race; 1st female U.S. navy captain, Sue Dauser of nurse corps, appointed; 1st Jews transported from Athens arrive at Auschwitz…Read more at History orb
The next video is amazing – an 8th grader’s project – it traces the events leading up to and including D-Day