Thursday

Remembering D-Day

On June 6th, 1944 the huge military undertaking that we remember as D-Day took place. The landings in Normandy, France, were known as Operation Neptune, a piece of the whole Operation Overlord.

Those who have seen the first 30 minutes or so of the movie "Saving Private Ryan", will have some sense of the carnage and the dreadful cost involved in starting to re-take mainland Europe from the Axis Powers.

This is pre-baby boomer history; these were the members of the Greatest Generation, from whom the boomers came. They are fewer and fewer in number as that momentous event recedes into the past, but we can and should remember the huge cost of freedom - and to some degree, how we have begun, little by little, to squander some of those freedoms.

Here is the text of President Ronald Reagan's speech from June 6th 1984 in Normandy.


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