Today is the day that changed the world as it was known in 1944…..the D-Day landings…Operation Overlord…..the day when the Allies took it to the 3rd Reich and as they say it was the beginning of the end…..
Let’s look back to those tenuous days…….
In June 1944, the Second World War had been raging for almost five years, and Allied forces were poised to gain a foothold in mainland Europe from which to attack Nazi-occupied areas. Normandy, a coastal region in northern France, was chosen for the ambitious and risky invasion.
The D-day landings are now considered the turning point which led to the end of the war a year later, and to the defeat of Nazi Germany.
On the windy morning of June 6, Allied troops began landing on a 50-mile stretch of Normandy coastline, overcoming heavy defensive fire and obstacles, including landmines buried on the shore. The sea was filled with vessels carrying reinforcements, while airships dotted the skyline.
With each passing year we lose more and more of the “Greatest Generation” and soon they will be all gone and all they did will be just a footnote in history…..just as sad as the World War One memories have gone from our collective memories.
I cannot let it go so I will try to keep the memories alive until it is my time to leave this plane and slide into history.
We owe these people much….do not let them be forgotten.