I was upset when I look on the internet and watch the news only to find all the reporters drooling over some Hollywood star instead of remembering those who gave all for freedom.
Lets not forget June 6,1944
Thanks to all the vets everywhere
PBS just ran Ken Burns' "The War" again, which we caught on dvr. It showed a lot of D-Day.
Thank you Dennis, I thought the same thing.
Here is a good look at "D Day"
Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, 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.
But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! 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.
-- Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
I've got my flag out.
The San Diego UT has it on the first page with an article about Robert Watson a local who was there 69 years ago.
I used to work for John Castoe, who landed there, but unfortunately, disobeyed orders. He was in a tank, and he popped up to see what was going on and got shot in the elbow. He had been told to stay down inside. The bullet came out his shoulder. He had a rod in his arm, but survived. He spent many weeks in the hospital.
It was brave men who saved Europe from the Nazi's and maybe also saved our own country as well.
Yes, let us all remember all the sacrifices made by that great generation.
Happy Motoring, Warren
The Greatest Generation in their finest hour.
They overcame The Great Depression, won WWII and topped it all off by landing on The Moon.
Every nation that is free today owes its freedom to America's Greatest Generation. And every free nation that looks at the United States through eyes of contempt and speaks words of derision, does so only after having been lifted out of the debris of a worldwide war by the unbounded generosity of that Greatest Generation of Americans.
But The Greatest Generation is already being forgotten. Ask any high school kid (and in most cases, college student) what they know about names like Bataan, Okinawa, Tinian, Schweinfurt, Regensburg or the Ardennes and, assuming they'll deign to look up at you from texting on their stupid smart-phone, all you'll get is a bovine stare of total noncomprehension. Ask them about the Battle of the Bulge and they'll think you're talking about a struggle with weight-loss. Six minutes invested here would teach them more than they'd learn in most history classes:
And while I'm at it:
On the Military History channel they did and probably are still doing a great job of remembering D-day! I loved the story about Gen "Dutch" Cota that I saw on Mil History channel. At the web site http://www.military.com/Content/MoreContent?file=ML_cota_bkp it has a similar account:
Cota had a galvanizing effect on most of the men he encountered on D-Day. In fact, his words to Schneider have been adopted as the Ranger motto: "Rangers lead the way!" Yet it wasn't actually Rangers who led the way, but Cota himself. The first American general and perhaps the oldest man to set foot on Omaha beach that day, he "never wavered, never hesitated, never thought twice" in his resolve to get his troops off the bloody beaches, according to journalist C. Brian Kelly.
Although accounts of the day vary somewhat, Cota apparently found some soldiers who blew through a wire fence with a Bangalore torpedo, creating a gap. The first man to try racing through was gunned down on the spot, causing his comrades to freeze. Cota realized he had to act, and in the words of Joseph Balkoski -- a soldier that day and author of "Beyond the Beachhead: The 29th Infantry Division in Normandy" -- "[Cota] leaped up, dashing across the road, and through the gap." Eventually a steady stream of soldiers followed him up the beach, and he led that column into the village of Vierville-sur-Mer, shouting at the last men, "Where the hell have you been, boys?"
We owe so much to so few -- and they are becoming fewer every day. God Bless the WWII Vets and all those who have served defending freedom. THANK YOU!
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There was a tribute on CBS evening news, and a segment on the project to record the memories of as many veterans as possible.