D-Day 1944, some thoughts....

Dean aptly mentions that today is in fact D-Day, the allied invasion of Europe and its liberation from Nazi Germany.  As the  yearsfollow one another,  I remember this day, now almost 70 years ago and its significance.
Those who lived, and fought, through those turbulent times are fewer and fewer now. But I hope their memories remain strong as ever as their accomplishments, too often with the ultimate sacrifice, remain in our hearts and minds.
The concept of “total war” is something almost impossible to fathom these days and yet it was not that long ago that all our resources (and I mean ALL!) were devoted to one thing, one goal the defeat of Germany in Europe and Japan in the  East.

D-Day marked the beginning of the end of the war and yet the first day was a struggle that came very close to being lost. It was due to the supreme efforts of the Allies (with all the warts) and the devotion to duty and sacrifices of the individual soldier, sailor and airman as well as those on the home front that we prevailed.  The beaches of Normandy, Omaha, Utah, Juno, Sword  took an horrendous toll. But the fighting and dying was far from over and victory was almost a year away. The many graveyards that dot the French, Belgian, Dutch and Italian  country sides are a sad reminder of those individual sacrifices against a clever and powerful foe. The liberation of Paris and all of France followed by a difficult struggle to free Belgium and the Netherlands before crossing the Rhine required a committment, organisational ability, planning and execution that is truly mind-boggling.
To many this day is as important as November 11th or Veterans’ Day or Memorial Day. It tends to lift the conflict from the abstract to the personal. I still remember visiting a school chum when I was about 10 or eleven around June 6th. We got to talking about D-Day and his mother pulled out a copy of the Toronto Star and in it was the news that her brother had been killed on Juno Beach.
It is something we should always remember as time passes.  Fortunately there are the books, memoires and diaries that we have available to help us understand what a monumental day June 6th was and just how important it remains today.  Raise a glass!

"Lest we forget"  
JB
06/06/2012 - 19:24
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06/07/2012 - 16:28
"Lest we forget"
06/06/2012 - 22:02
The sacrifices against tyranny remind us all that no tyranny lasts and more importantly of man's care for his fellow man. May those who have fought and continue to fight tyranny find peace.  A glass to yours, Joseph! Best, Walid ps: sorry for the political undertones, but Joseph's note stirred some emotions.
Amen!
06/07/2012 - 11:04
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Well said, Joseph.
06/07/2012 - 16:28
Thank you! Best, Robert
An auspicious occasion...
06/07/2012 - 17:10
Joseph, your words are so pertinent at this time. "Never was so much owed by so many to so few" - Winston Churchill. We have much to be thankful for. Warmest regards Tony