Saturday, June 2, 2012

thoughts on D-Day, volume three

By now, we’re all pretty familiar with the details of the D-Day invasion, which occurred 68 years ago:

the D-Day invasion

I’ve also published a few articles of my own about the invasion:

thoughts on D-Day

volume 2

Since few of us can afford to travel to France to visit the site of the landing, it seemed more appropriate this year to provide a guided tour of the cemetery:

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

The Normandy American Cemetery is just one of the 24 permanent American burial grounds on foreign soil that are maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC). Presently there are 124,905 U.S. war dead interred at these cemeteries - 30,921 of World War I, 93,234 of World War II and 750 of the Mexican War. Additionally 6,237 American veterans and others are interred in the Mexico City National Cemetery and Corozal American Cemetery

Sometimes, fewer words are better, so I’ll close by including a well known song:

military taps

To EXPLAIN the song, I chose a man who exhibits some "true grit":

who the heck is Marion Robert Morrison?

THIS is what the Duke would say about Normandy:

All battles are fought by scared men who'd rather be someplace else.

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