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June 6, 1944 was a proud day for American patriots, and a sad day for so many individual families.  My grandmother refused to let my dad quit high school and enter the service; he still had another year before he could graduate. When he was finally done, he joined the Navy just as the war was ending.  He served in the Pacific theater, and acquired some interesting tattoos in Hawaii as a "too young to know better" sailor.  My grandmother was relieved that he was doing post-war duty, and encouraged both of her other sons to serve in the Navy as well.
I believe it is our duty to honor those who risked so much to defend the rest of the world from tyranny.  Remembering and respecting our "greatest generation" soldiers on D-Day, for the monumental effort and risks they took during the European campaign remains the right thing to do.  
This is the link to the national D-Day Memorial in Virginia.  It is here to tell the story of the planning it took to fool the German Army so we could land on the beaches of northern France, prevent the enemy from mounting a defense and thus gain a base to begin the liberation of Europe.

In our community, there are breakfasts and lunches provided to WW II vets on D-Day.  Is D-Day still recognized in some way where you live?

Originally posted to weck on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 09:55 PM PDT.

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