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    Default 64 years ago today....

    They were young men, mostly teenagers, who came from the United States, Britain and Canada. Only one in seven had ever before seen combat.
    More than 130,000 troops crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches on D-Day. They were supported by over 5,000 ships and 11,000 airplanes. It was the largest air, land and sea operation the world had ever seen. It has never been equaled since.

    Planning was intense, success by no means assured. The Allied forces faced Hitler's extensive Atlantic Wall, fortified with tank-top turrets, barbed wire and a million mines.

    When it was over, the Wall had been breached. The Allies had gained a foothold in Europe, and the Nazis were in retreat. June 6, 1944, was the turning point, day one of the drive to ultimate Allied victory.

    But the cost was high. The Allied Forces suffered nearly 10,000 casualties, including more than 4,000 dead. On notorious Omaha Beach, Yanks were slaughtered wholesale.

    About 71,000 Americans took part in the D-Day invasion. No one knows how many survive today, but their number is surely dwindling. Most are in their mid-80s, and fading away fast. An estimated 1,100 World War II vets die each day. In 2014, when the 70th anniversary of D-Day is marked, few D-Day veterans are likely to be alive.
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    Thanks for posting that. Seems even most news outlets are only giving it passing notice this year. I guess because the year isn't divisable by 10.


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    My grandfather was the only member of his platoon to make it off Omaha Beach.
    He always had this sunny, bright attitude. When someone would ask him how he managed to stay so upbeat, his reply was "I figured after I made it off Omaha Beach, I was living on borrowed time and Im not going to waste it being negative."
    Every time I see "Saving Private Ryan" I think about that reply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisTheEdHead View Post
    My grandfather was the only member of his platoon to make it off Omaha Beach.
    He always had this sunny, bright attitude. When someone would ask him how he managed to stay so upbeat, his reply was "I figured after I made it off Omaha Beach, I was living on borrowed time and Im not going to waste it being negative."
    Every time I see "Saving Private Ryan" I think about that reply.
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    I think about it every year.

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    I was just thinking about my twin uncles who served in WWII. They were in the 3rd Division Engineer Corps. They came in after the beaches were cleared. I was very proud that they served to protect Canada's freedom.
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    True heros they were. I sat next to a Vietnam vet at lunch today and I was glad to listen to his stories of his combat and time in service to our country. It's up to us to educate our children on the sacrifices made for our benefit. They aren't gonna get much of it at most schools today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanHalenRules View Post
    Seems even most news outlets are only giving it passing notice this year.
    If that. Many have gotten to where they don't even make a mention of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisTheEdHead View Post
    My grandfather was the only member of his platoon to make it off Omaha Beach.
    He always had this sunny, bright attitude. When someone would ask him how he managed to stay so upbeat, his reply was "I figured after I made it off Omaha Beach, I was living on borrowed time and Im not going to waste it being negative."
    Every time I see "Saving Private Ryan" I think about that reply.
    Your grandpa was a helluva man. That's a great reminder.

 

 

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