D-Day, June 6, 1944
77 years ago today, the skies were still cloudy, the sun was just beginning to shine, and a vast armada lay off the coast of Normandy, most likely the largest gathering of ships and men ever assembled. It was D-Day, and the United States and its allies prepared to invade Fortress Europe. If you’re old enough, you knew about the war…it was real, it was a daily occurrence. At that point, it seemed as though the Germans were unstoppable…but we landed, at a terrible loss of life, and made our way, slowly, inward. The men who stormed ashore, with many dying before they hit the water, and all the rest of the participants in that war…THAT was The Greatest Generation, and I doubt we will ever see their like again.
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Had we and our allies not been successful, many of those who are dissatisfied with our form of government would have ended up in the Nazi or Japanese death camps or worse. It is a thought worth thinking about.
My father wouldn’t talk much about the actual landing. He talked about his liberty time in France and Belgium. It wasn’t until I was in the Navy close to my retirement when my aunt told me about his landing at Omaha Beach. I wish that I had known when he was still alive about his sacrifices. I remember growing up in the fifties and he would have terrible nightmares and I always wondered what was wrong with him. Now I know. RIP Dad, a member of the Greatest Generation.