A lot of news circulating today about the upcoming election, high gas prices, the economy, and of course, National Doughnut Day. Many of us are so wrapped up in our busy lives we have forgotten that today marks one of the most historic invasions in American military history, D-Day.
On June 6, 1944 over 150,000 Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. Their mission for the day was not to push Germany out of the country, nor was it to secure the beachfront, it was merely to land. You see, the very act of setting foot on occupied France was itself a minor miracle. Can you imagine the logistical effort required to land 150,000 infantry and paratroopers, along with some 30,000 vehicles? It was a massive undertaking, and a costly one.
More than 5,000 American troops were killed or wounded, as were thousands of other members of the Allied forces. Take some time to remember all of those who paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy today. It is a also a good time to remember those who are currently serving home and abroad, and particularly those in harms way fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Put aside your political views for just one day and be thankful there are men and women willing to lay down their lives for this great country we call America.
photo by Doolittle1989