aggiedad77 » June 6th, 2014, 8:47 am
The sight that many a brave but scared young man faced on this morning 70 years ago....the Greatest Generation....standing at the ready to face an enemy that threatened the world.
These unsung heroes were part of the greatest amphibious landing operation ever witnessed on earth. Some did not make it to see the sunset that day, but all fought bravely for the God given right of freedom for all.
Take a moment today to say a prayer both for those who didn't come home and also for those who commemorate this day both in France and all over the world wherever they happen to be today.
The Greatest Generation, we salute you and thank you for your courage, tenacity, and bravery against an evil machine.
walkingstick » June 6th, 2014, 8:51 am •
General Eisenhower’s Message Sent Just Prior to the Invasion
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
walkingstick » June 6th, 2014, 9:02 am
Honor Those Who Paid the Ultimate Price for Your Liberty
June 6, 2014 By Sara Noble
“You are about to embark upon the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you…I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.” ~ General & former President, Dwight D. Eisenhower
Today is the anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944. The price of liberty on that day alone should forever live in the memories of all Americans, whether they are citizens by birth or naturalization.
Never take freedom for granted.
God bless our Veterans, our military, and all those who put their lives on the line for the freedoms we enjoy. We cannot even comprehend the sacrifices our military make for us and our country.
Official Unit Report, Company A, 116th Infantry, 29th Division June 6 1944 [More information at D-Day Revisited]
It seemed to the men that the only way to get ashore was to dive head first in and swim clear of the fire that was striking the boats. But, as they hit the water, their heavy equipment dragged them down and soon they were struggling to keep afloat. Some were hit in the water and wounded.
Some drowned then and there… but some moved safely through the bullet fire to the sand and then, finding they could not hold there, went back in to the water and used it as cover, only their heads sticking out.
“Those who survived kept moving with the tide, sheltering at times behind underwater obstacles and in this way they finally made their landings. Within ten minutes of the ramps being lowered, Company A had become inert, leaderless and almost incapable of action. Every officer and Sergeant had been killed or wounded. It became a struggle for survival and rescue.
“The men in the water pushed wounded men ashore, and those who had reached the sands crawled back into the water pulling others to land to save them from drowning, in many cases only to see the rescued men wounded again or to be hit themselves. Within twenty minutes of striking the beach Company A had ceased to be an assault company and had become a forlorn little rescue party bent upon survival and saving lives.”
“It will never leave your mind. I don’t care how tough you are,” says one of the survivors of D-Day in this chilling and emotional account seventy years after the storming of the beaches:
They saved us from a terrible fate.
Two of the most popular songs from 1944 were Till Then and I’ll Be Seeing You, songs so many of these men would never get back to hear it again. They would never see their loved ones again. Those who waited would never be the same.
Never forget. It will happen again. Are you prepared to sacrifice everything for America, the last stand on Earth (Reagan)?
Our courageous soldiers were like sitting ducks that day. It was a daring invasion, so daring it caught the Nazis off-guard. As the Americans came ashore, Germans shot at them from bunkers, killing and wounding many, but it didn’t stop them. They kept running, for the freedom of people and generations they would never meet.
Remember these men and what they did for us before we were even born. We can never repay them. So many never came home.
Honor these men, the freedom fighters who sacrificed everything.
They can’t forget and we mustn’t forget the price they paid for our freedom, freedom we take so lightly today.