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    June 6 Prayers

    I want to thank all of the brave men that fought that day.

    I look forward to my trip - next year - to visit graves of those that didn't make it back, and paying them my respect personally.

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    June 6, 1944 - a day that we should always remember and pay our solemn respects to all that gave of themselves. Some gave all, all gave some.

    "About 160,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, to fight Nazi soldiers on June 6, 1944. General 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 the end of the day, the troops gained a foot- hold in Normandy. Thousands of soldiers lost their lives, but thousands more trekked across Europe to end the war. The invasion is one of history’s most significant military attacks."
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    Quote Originally Posted by HPmatt View Post
    I want to thank all of the brave men that fought that day.

    According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 697,806 American veterans from the war are still alive as of 2016.

    I was surprised at the number still alleged to be alive.

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    quote: Approximately every three minutes a memory of World War II—its sights and sounds, its terrors and triumphs—disappears. Yielding to the inalterable (sic) process of aging, the men and women who fought and won the great conflict are now mostly in their 90s. They are dying quickly—at the rate of approximately 430 a day, according to US Veterans Administration figures. unquote.

    one of the most devastating event humans have endured and still to this day those that participated do not wish to talk about their role.

    sidebar: fascinating some statistician, somewhere, wasted time to even calculate the death rate

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    twenty something years ago I drove through Normandy with my parents on our way to a vacation home in Brittany. We saw several cemeteries on that journey, as well as stopping to look at one of the beaches the Allies landed on. Seemed so peaceful and quiet that day and hard to imagine what it must have been like 5 decades earlier. I'd got out of the car thinking I'd take some photos of the scene, but when standing there it just didn't seem the right thing to do, so the camera remained just hanging from my neck and my lasting images of the beach will only ever be in my mind
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    Quite appropriate, scouser. There are some things in life a camera captures very well, such as the first manned landing on the Moon. As for D-Day, I've seen tons of pictures and footage, but nothing does justice to the heart and soul of those who gave their all. Not then, not now.

    Thank you, men.
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