"On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops."
from the official website of the US Army.
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This isn't a topic I normally discuss on my blog, but I felt it was so necessary to touch on. Honestly I thought today was just National Donut Day, until I read the newspaper and realized it's also D-Day. It seems like a such a shame that something as frivolous as donuts shares a day with D-Day. I've watched the series, Band of Brothers, over 20 times, but every time I see the D-Day scene I can't help but bawl. To know that so many men died on a single day breaks my heart. I don't know much about D-Day or War World II, but I know enough to know these men fought for our freedom and safety. They gave their lives for their country. That's why I think it's so important to pay respect to them today.
So while I think everyone should take advantage of the plethora of donuts today, I think we all should also take a moment to remember the tremendous sacrifice that was given June 6, 1944.
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If you want to know more about D-Day visit this D-Day website.
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