Sunday, June 7, 2009

June 6, 1944 Remembered

A peaceful scene on the coast of South Carolina.

Now imagine the water the color of blood. The sea and beach covered with bodies and parts of bodies....I was up half the night of the 5th/6th and spent the better part of the 6th perusing history books trying to find the right words. I shed many tears.I watched countless videos on youtube...there are no words I can summon to recreate the horror, valor, & heroism of that day. I can tell you that FDR, Ike, Churchill and England's queen all offered public prayers invoking the name of the Almighty to be with our "boys"....

I suggest you follow this link to a 10 minute video.

With all due repect I offer you these images:
June 6, 1944 Remembered

The following are links from youtube:

FDR's speech to America:
Eisenhower's speech to the troops:
Winston Churchill's speechto the Britain:
Stephen Ambrose on Saving Prvate Ryan
Opening scene Sav Pr Ryan Pt 1 of 4
PT 2 of 4
from {roivate ryan scene 3 of 4
Scene 3 of 4
scene 4 of 4
*******closing scene of the movie (tear-jerker)
We so often forget the airmen w/o which D-Day would not have succeeded:

Recommended reading
Stephen Ambrose

Pegasus Bridge: D-Day before Dawn
D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of WW II
Citizen Soldiers : The U.S. Army from Normandy Beaches to the Bulge
to the Surrender of Germany
Gerald Astor
June 6, 1944: The Voices of D-Day
(In the words of Ambrose, "No one does oral history better than Gerald Astor")

The National D-Day memorial in Bedford, Va is in dire financial trouble. Please check out their site...may we never forget.....
(D-day memorial in Bedford)
making a donation:

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