- Dwight D. Eisenhower
The above quote was part of General Eisenhower's order to the troops giving the go-ahead for the invasion of Europe by Allied Forces in 1944. The order was given on the morning of June 5th, when weather prognostications indicated a break in the weather after one postponement the day prior.
In the wee hours of the morning on June 6, 1944, the first of 156,000 Allied troops began coming ashore on the Normandy Beach. Most of the first few waves barely made it out of their landing craft, but wave after wave followed and eventually established a beachhead from which to assault the entrenched German forces on the heavily fortified bluffs above.
By the end of The Longest Day they had established firm positions above the beach and began consolidating forces for the long push ahead to Germany. By the 11th, the Normandy area was reasonably secure and the entirety of Northern France, including France, was secured by the end of August, signifying the official ending of the Battle of Normandy.
We used to take note of this day routinely with pride in days past, but today many younger Americans don't even know the story. Our politically correct textbooks choose not to spend time on such things as our education system tries to indoctrinate rather than educate our children. But real history is important, for history does indeed repeat itself. So if we study the truth about our past, not the sugar coated version, we can hopefully avoid repeating costly mistakes in our future.
This morning at 7:30 a.m. on North Florida Writer Live, we will commemorate the efforts of those brave men who stormed the beach against horrific odds and successfully won the fight. We honor those who died and celebrate those who are still with us with words and music dedicated to them. The show will also be available on demand once the live commentary is complete. Here's the link to my blog talk radio site:
Never forget what they did for us. Otherwise, we could very well be speaking German. God bless America and may she ever be free.