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Saturday, June 06, 2009

#612 D-Day Commeration

Sixty-five years ago today the battle at Normandy was undertaken. Last year we were able to tour the battle grounds in the area and the cemetery at Normandy. These are just some of the photos I took.

It was a moving tour. There are still many reminders of the battle that took place there. Having seen the very fine film, Saving Private Ryan it was interesting to see the places where the battles portrayed took place.

We can remember the price of freedom by remembering the battle and the reasons for it. Hopefully we won't have to go through it again.



Skunkfeathers said...

I remember them all, every year. What they did can never be forgotten by those who appreciate what we have today, for their sacrifice 65 years ago.

Sandee said...

What Skunkfeathers said. Right on the money.

Have a terrific day. :)

Karen said...

Some of President Obama's moving D-Day speech from HuffPo...

...The young U.S. commander in chief, speaking at the American cemetery after the leaders of France, Canada and Britain, held up the sacrifices of D-Day veterans and their "unimaginable hell" as a lesson for modern times.

"Friends and veterans, what we cannot forget _ what we must not forget _ is that D-Day was a time and a place where the bravery and selflessness of a few was able to change the course of an entire century," he said.

"At an hour of maximum danger, amid the bleakest of circumstances, men who thought themselves ordinary found it within themselves to do the extraordinary."

Puss-in-Boots said...

I don't think D-Day will ever be forgotten either, thanks to the coming generations who, here at least, seem determined to keep the spirit alive. We see this every 25April...ANZAC Day, the anniversary of when the Australian and New Zealand Infantry stormed the beaches at Gallipoli in Turkey (WW1), at the order of some bloated warmonger sitting behind a big desk back in England. Those poor boys were just cannon fodder for the Turks.

However, every year even the Turks honour our fallen dead.

It's a sacrifice that many have made over the years in countries all over the world.

Fred said...

Thanks for the link to the pictures, Jack. Since I went a few years ago, I have a much more emotional connection to this anniversary.

There was a great special about D-Day on The History Channel the other night, too. I taped it so I can watch it a few more times.

Peter said...

"Lest we forget" 3 very big words.

The Phosgene Kid said...

I'd like to see Normandy. Did see the area where the Battle of the Bulge took place, Verdun, the Argonne forest, and Flanders.

Hale McKay said...

I celebrated part of D-Day by watching my DVD copy of "Saving Private Ryan."

If someone can watch the beginning of that movie and NOT get a sense of the loss and meaning of that day, then they must without emotion.

Jack, from the e-mail I sent regarding the part 58 of "Mr. Black/Ms Gray" - I noticed the post link wasn't working.

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