Every year on this date I say something about D Day. It was the beginning of the end of Nazi tyranny in Europe and the saving of Western Civilization. And the brave men and women of the United States led the way.
Of course, the English, Canadians, French, Poles, and others played a major role in the assault on Normandy, June 6th, 1944. But the U-S supplied much of the manpower and equipment, and the operation was led by an American general from Kansas.
The landing came along a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast … with more than 160,000 Allied soldiers, 195,000 naval personnel, and more than 5,000 ships.
It seems the opening scenes of the film “Saving Private Ryan” got it right. When those ramps on the landing craft splashed into the water, soldiers faced a hail of Nazi fire. Many jumped into the surf loaded with equipment and quickly drowned. Those who survived had to cross a wide beach, charging into German machine guns.
The world cannot be allowed to forget this day in history … June 6th, 1944.
Our thought for today is from Mark Twain:
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”