Monday, June 6, 2011

Hymn to the Fallen: D-Day Memorial

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....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. General Dwight D. Eisenhower
     On June 6, 1944, 160,000 soldiers from the Allied countries of the United States of America,  England, and Canada underwent the largest amphibious operation in the history of warfare. Today is  67 years after the invasion.      The invasion was hurt by mistakes, bad weather, and plans that could never work. The American paratroopers were scattered over the French countryside, unable to reach each other or their targets. Despite that, they fought valiantly and confused the Germans.
    Omaha beach was assaulted by the United State's 1st Infantry Division, and they were against Hitler's finest. Only be many acts of heroic sacrifice were the bluffs taken and the Germans beaten back.
    By the end of the day, there were 10,000 Allied casualties. What was the reward for the cost? The Allies had gained a strong foot-hold in Europe and were advancing towards Berlin.

 Remember the fallen. God Bless America!

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