Monday, June 6, 2011

In Memory

"Soldiers, sailors and airmen of the allied expeditionary force: You are about to embark upon the great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere are with you …" General Dwight D. Eisenhower (D-Day, 6 June 1944)

(Picture courtesy of the Library of Congress)

Sixty-seven years ago one of the most ambitious military operations ever began. The operation would ultimately lead to the end of the War in Europe.

I had three relatives that participated in D-Day, and all survived to the end of the war. One went ashore on the beaches, one piloted a glider into Normandy, and one parachuted in, and later was wounded at Bastogne. They are all gone now, with the last one just passing last month. They truly were ‘the greatest generation’.

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