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Old 05-21-2019, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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This Memorial Day and on June 6, let's remember with awe the incredible onslaught of almost 175,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in WWII. Operation Overlord, commanded by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, was the largest seaborne invasion in history, said to be around 5000 ships and crafts. In addition, air assaults and infantry came together to take the Normandy beaches and therefore position them for a victory against the Nazis. Casualties near 5000, though no specific number is available.

In the book D-Day by Stephen Ambrose, Gen. Eisenhower is quoted as saying 20 years after the invasion "...it's just overwhelming...to think of the lives given...paying a terrible price on this beach (Omaha) alone, on that one day, 2000 casualties.

What they did to preserve our way of life...but they did it so the world could be free...to make sure Hitler could not destroy freedom in the world."
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Old 05-22-2019, 05:30 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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There are a lot of memorial events, indeed Foreign Leaders will be in Portsmouth to mark the main embarkation ppint on the 5th June, befre travelling to the beaches at Normandy.

There are a lot of events and commemorations planned.

75 Years After D-Day, Planes Fly Off for 'Never Seen Before' World War II Commemoration - The New York Tmes

300 Veterans are also going to cross the Channel as guests on the MV Boudicca cruise ship which will leave Portsmouth for Normandy before sunset on 5th June.

Portsmouth plans for D-Day 75th anniversary revealed - BBC News


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Old 05-22-2019, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Wish I could be over there.....what a wonderful spectacle that will be!

I'd likely be in tears, so awesome but heartbreaking too.

Thanks for posting
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:01 AM
 
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We all owe so much to those brave souls.


Hopefully this thread doesn't get derailed by bashers.
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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We all owe so much to those brave souls.


Hopefully this thread doesn't get derailed by bashers.


Why would anyone bash the greatest invasion ever to protect world freedom?
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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There are a lot of memorial events, indeed Foreign Leaders will be in Portsmouth to mark the main embarkation ppint on the 5th June, befre travelling to the beaches at Normandy.

There are a lot of events and commemorations planned.

75 Years After D-Day, Planes Fly Off for 'Never Seen Before' World War II Commemoration - The New York Tmes

300 Veterans are also going to cross the Channel as guests on the MV Boudicca cruise ship which will leave Portsmouth for Normandy before sunset on 5th June.

Portsmouth plans for D-Day 75th anniversary revealed - BBC News



The article 75 years after D-Day is great, detailing the commemorative flights....
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:23 AM
 
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Why would anyone bash the greatest invasion ever to protect world freedom?

Just review some recent ww2 threads and you will see what I was mean.
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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I probably have some details a bit jumbled and can't find a good account to quote, but one of the most moving things I've ever read was the Memorial Day address the year after D-Day. A large military crowd gathered at one of the Allied cemeteries near the beachheads to hear a general - Mark Clark, I believe - give an address.

He turned away from the crowd, towards the rows of graves, and gave his speech to them.
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:28 AM
 
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Just review some recent ww2 threads and you will see what I was mean.

Think I'll skip that....

I just want to have gratitude on my mind these next few weeks.
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I probably have some details a bit jumbled and can't find a good account to quote, but one of the most moving things I've ever read was the Memorial Day address the year after D-Day. A large military crowd gathered at one of the Allied cemeteries near the beachheads to hear a general - Mark Clark, I believe - give an address.

He turned away from the crowd, towards the rows of graves, and gave his speech to them.

Oh I'm going to try to find that....! Thanks...
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