Remembering the Greatest Generation

Remembering the Greatest Generation

D Day Memorial, Washington, D.C.

“June 6th,

D-Day Memorial Washington, D.C.
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 hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.

In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped, and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944. Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned. The free men of the world are marching together to victory.

I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory.

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Statement to Allied Expeditionary forces
June 6, 1944
Supply landings at Omaha Beach, mid-June 1944

Today, We remember the greatest amphibious military assault in the history of the United States. Today, we honor those 160,000 Canadian, British, and U.S. Soldiers that landed on the French coast, allowing troops and supplies to be pumped into the European theater that would secure our victory over Nazi Germany and the Axis powers. By the end of June over 850,000 troops were crossing the beachhead into the war. Those men fought and died on foreign soil protecting the freedoms of our allies in Europe, and preventing the danger of such tyrannical rule to bleed across the Atlantic onto our home soil. It was an ambitious effort, bringing together Joint and Multinational forces to amass a second front against German Forces, who by then were occupying at least ten countries in Europe and Eastern Asia.

We are Americans; and our long and arduous history was built by the sacrifices of our nations best.

The Allied Forces had been planning this attack for years and by this point were involved in the Japanese and African Theaters to push back the axis influence in their respective regions. The Iron was hot; the Italians were weakened after losses in Africa and Operaton Neptune was in full effect to gain naval superiority on the European coast. The a Beachhead established and paratroopers jumping in behind the German defensive line we secured the coast of France and were poised to march towards Germany.

Men of the 16th Infantry Regiment, US 1st Infantry Division wade ashore on Omaha Beach on the morning of 6 June 1944

If not for the bravery and tenacity of our men on that day the consequences of failure would be devastating. We’ve seen dystopian TV shows showing the potential reality had we failed our mission that fateful day, and none of them look appealing. There are no words for the pride we feel for the bravery of those men who etched into our national history that our resolve has no boundaries when our freedom is threatened by evil men who intend to take that from us. We are Americans; and our long and arduous history was built by the sacrifices of our nations best. Our heritage was baptized in blood and fueled by our rebellious nature. It’s a heritage we are proud to be a part of and even more proud to have had a hand in defending. We salute those brave Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen who voluntarily raised their right hand to support and defend our nation, and mourn those that lost their lives in that endeavor.

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