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In 1994, I watched an extraordinary documentary on A&E detailing the 50th anniversary of D-Day. It helped change my perspective in life. The bloodshed and sacrifices made that day by so many young men with so much potential in life was heartbreaking to see and hear, and made me understand the modesty that so many war veterans have in not talking too much about themselves. They were just relieved to return to normalcy, not caring about who has the biggest house, the fanciest car or the most toys.
Every time I moan about the slowness of logging on to the Internet or being short on funds or not having enough leisure time, I think back to the documentary and think how fortunate I am.
In many ways, every day is Memorial Day.
Well said Lou!! I'll never know what those young men thought at that time, but i'll never forget crossing into Iraq the first day we sent troops in. We seriously had no idea what was about to happen, no expectations. Fortunately it was nothing like D-Day, god bless..
+1 Lou, well said. I saw the same documentary and it was very moving. God Bless every past, present, and future man and woman who served our country.
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Thanks Lou. January 15th 1991 is a date I will never forget. I don't know how many of our Tomahawks hit but I just remember thinking about the reality of the situation. Nothing like D-Day. Some of the stories my GunnersMate Grandpa used to tell me............ wow!
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As usual Lou, you best write what many think in their head and heart.
My grandfather fought in the third wave of D-Day and will never forget those few days after. He is still alive today at 94 as well. He traveled to the WWII Memorial when it was unveiled about 6 or 7 years ago.
He was also given an award about 12 years ago by our congressman in the area Pete Hoekstra. That was a special day and he was very emotional. Even made the 6:00 local news here in Grand Rapids, MI.
Wow, that is incredible. Cherish him! He is one of the few remaining vets from WW2.
One of the first things I did this morning was go look at the uniform, and some WW II pictures that used to belong to my grandfather. Unfortunately I added a folded flag, and some medals to the collection about two weeks ago, he was 90 and still a handful. It's very humbling to know how much sacrifice was required back then. Definitely makes you rethink your priorities in life. God bless and thank you to all former and current servicemen and women. Especially the WWII generation.
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. Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped, and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely....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 blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking." ~General Dwight D. Eisenhower giving the D-Day order on June 6, 1944
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My Dad was a sophomore at ND on December 7th 1941 when Pearl Habor was bombed. He actualy was in a movie theatre and it was interrupted for the announcement. Most of the kids in his class (1944) signed up for the Army and were sent overseas quickly. My Dad wasn't sent over because he was a polio survivor and his right leg was shriveled below the knee and about 3 inches shorter than the left leg, so he couldn't run very far or fast. The turned him into a Drill Sergeant and kept him stationed in Georgia. He always joked that Georgia was never attacked while he was there! He and the members of his class who returned, graduated in '47 and are listed with thos graduates in the '47 yearbook.
I also had an Uncle (married my father's sister) who was in the D-Day invasion and survived. He never talked about it and I never knew about it until a few years before he died, 2010, and only because he went back to France for a dedication of a museum and a Thank You from the French. It was the first time he had been back since D-Day. He was interviewed by French television (relayed here) and couldn't help but tear up when speaking of those who didn't make it back.
What base was he stationed at in Georgia? My grandfather didn't talk about it much either. Just bits and pieces here and there.
Awesome stuff. I am watching "The Longest Day" as I write this. Tobe followed by "Saving Private Ryan". (My annual tribute)
Several years ago the custodian at our church was in failing health. I had become a friend of his over the years first by the service he performed for our church, but later i discovered he was a WWII vet. We talked of our mutual military commit. He was reluctant to say much buy soon found he was one of the first wave to arrive on Omaha beach. I wrote down every word I could get him to say. It was painful for him but I kept encouraging him because his story should be shared so those who never were there would know. He simply said "evryone who needs to know is lying in Normandy". He died several days later at 82 in 2003.
Just went to the World War 2 re-enactment in Reading Pa. last weekend with my 87 year old Dad. Aside from a couple thousand re-enactors, P51's and P47's to a B29 ...there were veterans like Wild Bill Guanere one of the Band of Brothers. It's truly touching to see these extraordinarily men who defeated Hitlers European fortress and Tojos empire and all they wanted was to return to normal life, raise their families and live a good life that so many of their buddies never had an opportunity to. I often think of what they accomplished and lived through at 18-22 years old that today's youth of a similar age have no clue about. God Bless Them All !
Band of Brothers is by far my favorite of all WW II films/series. The Pacific isn't bad either.
as a young boy i tried many times to get my dad to tell me some of his war stories, especially after learning that he was in the 2nd wave at normandy. you know, you want to hear about all the guts and glory stuff. but dad never opened up and shared his secrets. and while i never in my life saw my dad cry, i remember wondering why he would always start to tear up when this young kid would ask him about "over there"........
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Band of Brother is the greatest miniseries I have ever seen. I never get tired of watching it.
I never can get over how heroic those men on that day were. So many of those first groups knew their chances were slim of coming out alive and yet that never stopped them from doing their duty and protecting our country. God Bless those men. Sadly, they are dying every day now and soon we will lose thier great voices that keep those stories alive.
So true Louie.
Just because of this, I am going to call my Grandfather today and thank him once again for his rolle in WWII.
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The men who fought and died on D-Day have seen things that no human being should ever be exposed. They are the definition of heroes.
The people at Google thought that it would be better to honor the 'drive-in theater' on their homepage today instead of D-Day. This move makes me SICK.
They are, to this day, the best generation this country has ever seen. They were totally about this country and not themselves. It should be mandatory that their history be drilled into every student throughout school. I am now 40 and beginning to come across younger people that know very little or nothing about that great generation.
I am a police officer and will never forget an encounter I had with a veteran while taking a lunch break in a restaraunt while on duty. I had gotten up to go to a salad bar when a very elderly gentleman approached me. As I turned to go back to my table he stopped me and thanked me for what I do. I noticed he was wearing a ball cap that had the 101st airborne division patch on it. Having also been in the 101st, I asked if he had been in the division. He only responded that he had and had jumped into Normandy on d-day. I immediately told him that he didn't need to be thanking me but that I should be thanking him. At that point he began to get teary eyes and, with a shakey voice, said "We are getting to old to protect ourselves now and need you all to help us". After that, he just walked away and sat at a table with what appeared to be other veterans. I went back To my table, but lost my appetite. To this day I wish I would have said something more. But I was so choked up by this situation, I honestly didn't know what to say and was fighting back some tears as well. What a great generation. I really want to visit Normandy BADLY! There is a vacation package a available called the easy company tour. You start of in England, go to Normandy and all the places you see in the movie Band of brothers. Sometimes a member of Easy company will actually go to. My #1 goal is to make that trip. I'm just fearful I won't make it soon enough and won't be a me to meet some of theses great people.
I'm sorry I accidently hit the down vote button when i wanted to up!!!!!!! Someone please help and throw him an upvote. My bad Bill.
Well done, Lou.
I had the opportunity to visit Normandy a few years ago and it was truly one of the most moving and humbling experiences of my life. Just standing on the shore and seeing the still visible indentations where the Allied bombs hit trying to take out the German bunkers gave me chills. And walking through the cemetery, it was all I could do to not break down at the thought of all those young lives lost. Imagine how much better the world could've been if some lived to fulfill their promise.
It certainly made me extremely proud of our country's ability and determination to stand tall when the moment called for it.
Thank you Lou
My father was a gunner on a B29 out of Saipan in WW2. My friend and I are sponsoring a charter Honor Flight that takes surviving WW2 vets to DC for them to see the Ww2 memorial. We will have around 50 vets with military chaperones. They were the greatest generation.
Relating this to ND football.... How fitting is it that the greatest ND football team was composed of MEN from the greatest generation. Since then, ND football has evolved to a game played by young immature boys.
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That's kind of condescending don't you think?
Did any of you witness the story of the Texas lady whose husband was killed in France, but never confirmed? Her congressman from Texas was of no help. To make a long story short, he was buried in Normandy all these years. She went over visited his gravesite, and thanked the townspeople in the nearby French village. I didn't explain this very well; but I think this incident is heartwarming.
No. I never heard that one. Sounds heartbreaking indeed
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