Monday, June 6, 2011

June 6, 1944


Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a 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 the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world. ...

The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!

-General Eisenhower


We will never forget.

-Millie

{Photo credits: Robert Capa}

9 comments:

Emm said...

*Sniff* Why can't people be lovely and patriotic and say things like this anymore?

Lolita Kane said...

Emm, that question is of course asked in the very timid and jumpy Sweden today, since June 6 is our National Day. Almost no one dares to celebrate, since they are afraid to be stamped as nationalists. Quite sad. Interestingly enough, the ones that seem most eager to celebrate our national day are the immigrants. We've had democracy for so long that we don't remember that it's a thing to celebrate.

Robert Capra, what a photographer!

LucieWickfield said...

Wow. Thanks so much, Millie!

Millie said...

Emm: I know. It really is sad.

Lolita: That's a very interesting perspective. I agree that it's such a mistake to become complacent about democracy. For me I think, days of remembrance are not so much about nationalism or relishing the victories of war -- but literally for remembrance. There have been so many people who have fought, died, and sacrificed (in many different ways) for freedom. It's a tragedy for them to be forgotten.

Lucie: Thanks for commenting! :-)

Millie said...

Lolita: P.S. I think he was seriously crazy (coming with the first wave of troops hitting the beach, unarmed, with his back to the enemy) and also so brilliant. He understood the importance and the power of photographs...

Kori Donahue said...

I so wish I lived in a different time. Hope you're having a fantastic Monday. I have some great news on my blog today...I'd love for you to check it out! Have a wonderful day honey! Kori xoxo

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Mercurie said...

I think too many people forget the great sacrifices made during World War II, not only to keep this country free, but Europe and Asia as well!

Claire M. said...

I salute all the brave army who fought during world war II.

Penny said...

My grandfather was a soldier during WWII, but was kept stateside as an engineer[including making artificial limbs for veterans]. Both his brothers fought in Europe, and rarely talked about it.

Thank you for commemorating such a Patriotic day. We always do by watching "The Longest Day". [A great movie by the way, with lots, and I mean LOTS of famous actor sightings!!!!]

Thanks again!

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