Monday, June 07, 2010

Day after D-Day

Sixty-six years ago yesterday (56 Jun) British, US, ANZAC and French troops started the liberation of Europe. This one event has gone a long way in shaping our world today, so it was remarkable that none of the TV networks seemed to give any pause to reflect on this undertaking. Even the History channel just ran two shows regarding D-Day and the day after over and over.

The fact over 10000 allied participants were casualties and 2500 of those died to free Europe and stop the fascists in their tracks deserves a lot of attention, even in this time of cell phones and Ipads. Perhaps succeeding generations have become more and more distant, forgetting what an impact and what a huge sacrifice was mad eon 6 June. It is true is someone is just handed something they take it for granted so I suppose it is easy for people to have come to believe they are just entitled to their freedom, forget the Nazi atrocities even to the point of thinking the holocaust is some sort of hoax. This is untenable.

I will always be thankful that those soldiers stormed the beach. I am in awe of their achievement and often wonder if I would have had the guts to have faced the fierce fire coming form the German positions. Could I have lived through the hardships, the privation, as did those brave souls? I have my doubts.

To all those D-Day heroes still living, you have my undying thanks and admiration and a promise that I will not forget nor allow my children to forget the sacrifice you made to make the world a better place.


At 11:57 AM, Blogger Trooper Thorn said...

Amen. June 6 too often goes unrecognized.

At 12:58 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

TT: I watch the old film clips of the landings and the days after and just don't know how the guys did it, but I am glad they did.

At 1:40 PM, Blogger Little Lamb said...

56 June?

At 3:08 PM, Blogger foam said...

my uncle stormed that beach. he was lucky to survive. the only thing he lost was an eye. he passed away at 84 last year. he was a remarkable man.

At 6:39 PM, Blogger Becky said...

My husband turns those on all that time and records the military channel to no end. We own and have watched the Band of Brothers series several times.

That was back when men were men and not Metros and all that crap they are now.

At 5:27 AM, Blogger dianne said...

Yes Phossy dear, it seemed to pass without much reflection here on the news or in the media.
Sad that such bravery and human sacrifice is taken for granted or even forgotten.
Lovely post in their honour. xoxo ♡

At 7:32 AM, Blogger How do we know said...

wonderful post Phos!! I love the feeling this post exudes.

At 10:54 AM, Blogger boneman said...

the perils of D-Day
so far and long ago away
media beat it to death to say
now all children can go out and play
but for those who didn't come back and are now clay
I, too, will always remember D-Day...

At 6:24 AM, Blogger nanuk said...

Amen to that, Phos. BTW, you forgot the Canadian troops who stormed Juno Beach and further into France than any other division, securing critical objectives for the Allies to marshal their troops through.

At 4:10 PM, Blogger Pink said...

here here Nanuk - was just going to mention the Canadians. The Australians and the Indians and (I think) Carribeans get forgotten as part of the 'British' force.

We had lots of coverage here in the UK. What amazing bravery.



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