June 6, 1944 – “D Day”

If you do not know about ww2’s D DAY, here is one historical reminder from the D Day Foundation web site, and, below that is a link to President Ronald Reagan’s most stirring speechrs on the 40th anniversary of D Day.

D-Day: It is hard to conceive the epic scope of this decisive battle that foreshadowed the end of Hitlers dream of Nazi domination. Overlord was the largest air, land, and sea operation undertaken before or since June 6, 1944. The landing included over 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes, and over 150,000 service men.

After years of meticulous planning and seemingly endless training, for the Allied Forces, it all came down to this: The boat ramp goes down, then jump, swim, run, and crawl to the cliffs. Many of the first young men (most not yet 20 years old) entered the surf carrying eighty pounds of equipment. They faced over 200 yards of beach before reaching the first natural feature offering any protection. Blanketed by small-arms fire and bracketed by artillery, they found themselves in hell.

When it was over, the Allied Forces had suffered nearly 10,000 casualties; more than 4,000 were dead. Yet somehow, due to planning and preparation, and due to the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of the Allied Forces, Fortress Europe had been breached.

See photos, diagrams, quotations and more at the D Day Foundation web site.

ALSO, take a look at a portion of President Ronald Reagan’s 40th Anniversaryspeech at Point-du-Hoc, Normandy (here via YouTube). Note: some WW2 graphic images appear briefly.

Watching President Reagan’s speech (live on TV) brought me to tears at the sacrifice of my fellow citizens to bring freedom and liberty to captive Europeans. God bless their memory among us.
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