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  • A kingdom united in Remembrance:Queen&Kate defy terror threat to lead the country on 100th anniversa

    11/09/2014 5:32:50 AM PST · by Fenhalls555 · 30 replies
    Beautiful Photos The Daily Mail ^ | 9 November 2014 | Dan Bloom
    The Queen was applauded today in an unprecedented mark of appreciation as she led millions of Britons in remembering the fallen. The monarch laid a wreath on the Cenotaph at the national Remembrance Day service alongside senior Royals, veterans and the Prime Minister despite heightened police checks, just days after officers thwarted an alleged terror plot. The spontaneous smattering of applause, as she left Whitehall in central London, was a rare sound for a remembrance service usually characterised by respectful silence, and may have been in tribute to her fortitude at turning out to the service despite terror fears. Hundreds...
  • Nixon -- Before Watergate

    08/05/2014 8:00:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    It has been a summer of remembrance. The centennial of the Great War that began with the Guns of August 1914. The 75th anniversary of the Danzig crisis that led to Hitler's invasion of Poland on Sept. 1, 1939. The 70th anniversary of D-Day. In America, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And this week marks the 40th anniversary of the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Once again, aging liberals will walk the children through the tale of that triumph of American democracy when they helped to save our republic from the greatest menace...
  • Project Vigil: D-Day 2014, The saluting boy on Omaha beach

    07/29/2014 12:15:41 AM PDT · by South40 · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | 21 July 2014 | Project Vigil
    Project Vigil: D-Day 2014, The saluting boy on Omaha beach
  • D-day landing sites - then and now.

    06/18/2014 2:41:18 PM PDT · by Vanders9 · 9 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 05/28/2014 | David Sim
    As part of the D-Day commemoration, Reuters photographer Chris Helgren compiled archive pictures taken during the invasion and went back to the same places to photograph them as they appear today.
  • PETER LUCAS: Obama's D-Day (satire)

    06/16/2014 9:23:26 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Sentinel & Enterprise ^ | 6-3-14 | Peter Lucas
    Here is a transcript of the trans-Atlantic telephone conversation that would have taken place between General Dwight D. "Ike" Eisenhower, commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force, and President Barack Obama on the eve of the Normandy Invasion, June 6, 1944. Friday is the 70th anniversary of the landing. President Obama: General, are you sure we are doing the right thing by going ahead with this invasion? Ike: It's too late to turn back now. Obama: I should have flown to Berchtesgaden and talked with Mr. Hitler. Or at least called. Ike: He won't take your calls. Obama: OK, Ike. But...
  • ‘They Left the Vivid Air Signed with Their Honor’

    06/10/2014 7:45:59 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 9, 2014 | Bob Morrison
    There’s a famous photograph of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower talking with the men of the 101st Airborne Division in the hours before D-Day. Eisenhower had already set in motion the vast machinery of the greatest invasion in history — issuing hundreds of orders that would send tens of thousands of men and a vast armada of ships hurtling toward the coast of France. ike at dday To this day, there is uncertainty about what the “D” in D-Day stands for. For Eisenhower, who had had to decide whether to postpone the scheduled departure of the invasion fleet because of violent...
  • Scenes From D-day Then and Now

    06/08/2014 1:43:18 PM PDT · by publius911 · 11 replies
    The Atlantic On Line ^ | On Line June 7,2014 | Tweet-In Focus
    Pictures are worth... No excerpt necessary
  • Who Says Obama Can't Do Two Things At Once: the Gum Slinger

    06/08/2014 7:31:32 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 6-8-2014 | MOTUS
    Proof that BHO can do two things at a time: in this case chewing gum while listening.I think it is going to be part of the president's job to deal with more than one thing at once.Warning: do NOT attempt to add a third task, as it is likely to reveal the limits of even BO’s amazing multitasking abilities.“Spit that damn gum out Boo-Rock!”Important note for the White House Chief of protocol and the State Department:  Singapore does not recognize our Second Amendment right to pack a gum.And they frown on spitting it out too.“Skeeter Obama” shoots his bubble gum...
  • D-Day + 70 Years: Looking For The Right Words

    06/08/2014 5:08:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    There are some days when a column comes easy, when it just flows out in one straight series of fingers tapping on keys, a click on save, and calling it a day. Most days, in fact. Then there are other days when there are so many ideas, so many things you want to say, floating around in your head that the task of organizing them seems impossible. It’s Friday night, June 6th, the 70th anniversary of what I consider to be the most important day in modern history, and I have no idea what to write. The idea of weighing...
  • (Military Officers Association of America) The Voices of D-Day

    06/07/2014 11:42:16 AM PDT · by xzins · 1 replies
    MOAA ^ | 1994 | Bob Wacker
    May 23, 2014 Airborne — Cotentin PeninsulaInfantry — Omaha Beach Rangers — Ohama Beach Infantry — Utah Beach Chaplain Corps — Near Utah BeachRangers — Pointe du Hoc A French Civilian — Sainte-Mère-Église  By Bob Wacker Editor’s note: This article originally was published in the June 1994 issue of The Retired Officer Magazine for the 50th anniversary of D-Day. “The war will be won or lost on the beaches. The first 24 hours will be decisive.” — Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, commander in chief, Germany Army Group BOn a single day, half a century ago this month, 156,000 American, British, Canadian, Free French, and Polish troops —...
  • D-Day Veteran who sneaked off to Normandy returns to Portsmouth

    06/07/2014 11:34:10 AM PDT · by DFG · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 06/07/2014 | Andy Dolan
    The 89-year-old D-Day veteran who sneaked out of his care home to Normandy has returned to a hero's welcome and declared: 'I would do it again tomorrow.' Hiding his war medals under a raincoat, Bernard Jordan told carers he was going for a walk before boarding a coach to France for the 70th anniversary - sparking a frantic missing person search. The former Royal Navy officer arrived into Portsmouth on a cross-channel ferry this morning, where he said: 'I expect I will be in some trouble with the care home, but it was worth it.'
  • Here is President Reagan’s remarkable speech at Point du Hoc on the 40th anniversary.

    06/07/2014 7:53:25 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 4 replies
    Joel C Rosenberg's Blog ^ | 6/6/2014 | Joel C Rosenberg
    Full title: "Today we honor men who fought on D-Day to defeat Nazis & end the Holocaust. Here is President Reagan’s remarkable speech at Point du Hoc on the 40th anniversary." Seventy years ago was “D-Day.” The bravest men America and our Allies had to offer stormed the French coast of Normandy. They did it to defeat the cruel and evil Nazi tyranny. They did it not to conquer but to liberate. They did it to set free the people of France, and all the people of Europe. They did it to liberate the concentration camps and end the Holocaust....
  • Moral Narcissism in a Week of Anniversaries

    06/07/2014 5:45:24 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 6-7-2014 | MOTUS
    June 4-5: Marks the 25th anniversary of The Tiananmen Square Protest in which hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Chinese citizens demonstrating for democracy were cut down by their government. June 5: Also marks the 10th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s death; the man who ended the Cold War by winning it. June 6-7: Marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, a horrific battle which landed Allied forces on the beaches of Normandy giving the Allied Forces a foothold in Europe that finally led to our victory in World War II. So here, for your weekend reflection, a couple of pieces...
  • For the Boys of Pointe du Hoc

    06/06/2014 8:48:16 PM PDT · by andy58-in-nh · 10 replies
    6/6/2014 | andy58-in-nh
    For the Boys of Pointe du Hoc Wide white cliffs arose before us In the smoke and bleak of dawn, Steel shells raining death down on The beaches where we died. Into the fast and foreign swells We swept our souls and kept Our faith with those left far behind The day our worlds fled time. While they who ventured on and climbed And beat against the shores Would carry forth our names as if They'd always been their own. The sand, once soiled by life exposed The sea, its secrets bared Now rest the same in soft repose As...
  • President's Speech Commemorates D-Day Anniversary

    06/06/2014 6:20:17 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 27 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 6 June 2014 | John Semmens
    On the 70th anniversary of D-Day, President Obama commended "the brave sacrifice of those who stormed ashore that day," but advised that "we must temper our admiration by the realization that the combat units involved were not racially integrated, no women were among the ranks, gays were still in-the-closet, and transgenders were not yet accorded full social acceptability they deserve." Obama congratulated himself "for having the fortitude and initiative to move forward on these critical fronts so that we can finally glimpse the goal that the men who died here 70 years ago gave their lives to help secure." if...
  • Remembering D-Day in 18 Photos

    06/06/2014 5:58:59 PM PDT · by PapaNew · 11 replies
    Seventy years ago, U.S.-led western allies invaded Normandy in an effort to liberate Europeans from Nazi power during World War II. June 6, 1944 ultimately brought down Nazi Germany. We remember those who fought for freedom today.
  • Yogi Berra, D-Day Vet, Honored on 70th Anniversary

    06/06/2014 5:47:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Friday, Jun 6, 2014 | Wayne Parry
    Lawrence Peter Berra, a minor league baseball player who would later become known worldwide as Yogi, emerged unscathed from that bloody daySeventy years ago, a 19-year-old from St. Louis was on a small attack boat launching rockets at the Germans during the Allied invasion of Normandy. Lawrence Peter Berra, a minor league baseball player who would later become known worldwide as Yogi, emerged unscathed from that bloody day. Now 89 years old, Berra was honored Friday by the New Jersey museum that bears his name, as well as by the Navy and several veterans groups. His age prevented him from...
  • Obama shows respect to fallen WWII vets (chewing gum)!

    06/06/2014 5:05:40 PM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 33 replies
    C Span | 06.06.2014 | self
    Flipping through the channels, I stopped at the program showing D-day remembrance at Normandy beach. President of France is giving speech, remembering the D-day, sacrifices and thanking veterans for their contribution to freedom. World dignitaries are sitting in the audience along with remaining veterans, Queen of England with her husband and other heads of states. Among them camera swings to our Barak Hussein Obama, President of the USA - CHEWING FREAKIN' GUM! Another example of his "respect" for non-muslim warriors.
  • Pope Francis honors each of the soldiers of D-Day

    06/06/2014 3:55:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    cna ^ | June 6, 2014
    Troops of E Company, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, wade onto the Fox Green section of Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944. Credit: Chief Robert F. Sargent/US Coast Guard. Vatican City, Jun 6, 2014 / 01:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter sent Friday to French bishops, Pope Francis paid homage to the men who fought in the D-Day invasion of Normandy 70 years ago, which was one of the key turning points in World War II. “His Holiness Pope Francis unites himself wholeheartedly to the intercession of those who commemorate the tragic events which occurred here seventy years ago, and...
  • Rose petals rain on Lady Liberty in D-Day tribute

    06/06/2014 3:11:28 PM PDT · by RedMDer · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 6, 2014 | 2:44pm | Elizabeth Hagen and Natalie O'Neill
    New Yorkers flocked to Liberty Island for a stunning D-Day anniversary tribute in which 1 million red rose petals rained down on the Statue of Liberty on Friday. A crowd of more than 200 — war veterans, students and tourists among them — gazed in awe as helicopters showered the statue with petals in honor of the 70th anniversary of the invasion. Mike Roper, 74, a history teacher at York Prep, said he came to teach his students that surviving vets are living history. ... Staged by the group The French Will Never Forget, the ceremony featured a band and...
  • Tribute For D-Day (vanity)

    06/06/2014 2:51:49 PM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6/6/2014 | me
    I discovered this great piece of music from one of my son's video games called "Secret Weapon Over Normandy". I love it so much I thought it very fitting for today. God bless all of those who fought for our freedoms....even to this day. Turn up the headphones....and enjoy. It'll put a lump on your throat and a tear in your eye with pride. http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=Rm_rt2a1Rmk RIMTB
  • D-Day veteran reported missing by care home staff is found in Normandy

    06/06/2014 1:09:51 PM PDT · by DFG · 53 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 06/06/2014 | Sophie Jane Evans
    A D-Day veteran who was reported missing from a care home has been found in Normandy after travelling to France to mark the invasion's 70th anniversary. Bernard Jordan, 89, a former mayor of Hove, sneaked out of The Pines nursing home in Furze Hill yesterday after being told by staff he could not make the trip to Normandy. Donning his war medals under a raincoat, the Royal Navy veteran joined his former comrades on a coach, before arriving at a hotel in Ouistreham, northwestern France, 12 hours later.
  • Star Treks Scotty was one of the thousands of brave men to fight on this day 70 years ago. (trivia)

    06/06/2014 1:01:59 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 34 replies
    History ^ | 6/6/2014 | http://www.freerepublic.com
    At the beginning of the Second World War, Doohan joined the Royal Canadian Artillery. He was commissioned a lieutenant in the 13th Field Artillery Regiment of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. Doohan went to England in 1940 for training. His first combat was the invasion of Normandy at Juno Beach on D-Day. Shooting two snipers, Doohan led his men to higher ground through a field of anti-tank mines, where they took defensive positions for the night. Crossing between command posts at 11:30 that night, Doohan was hit by six rounds fired from a Bren gun by a nervous Canadian...
  • A list of a few D-Day Documentaries available on Youtube.

    06/06/2014 12:22:53 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/6/2014 | Youtube
    Normandy:Surviving D-Day(full documentary)HD Battlefield S1/E5 - The Battle of Normandy The Battle for Normandy WW2: Breakout from Normandy (Operation Cobra) D-Day to Germany, 1944 The True Story Of The D Day Spies BBC Documentary DZ Normandy: The D-Day Airborne Invasion 6/6/1944 (Restored) D-day landing (History Channel Dangerous mission documentary) Oral account by Jerry W. Eades of his experiences and memories of landing on Omaha Beach Ch4 D-Day: As It Happens Part 1 of 2 Ch4 D-Day: As It Happens Part 2 of 2 Most are 380p and watchable. All are over 30 minutes in length. Links to other documentaries can...
  • 'I've never missed my grandfather more': Obama leads tributes to D-Day heroes...

    06/06/2014 12:14:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The London Daily Mail / The Associated Press ^ | June 5, 2014 | James Nye, AP Staff and Ted Thornhill
    Seventy years after Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, President Barack Obama returned to the hallowed battleground today to remember the soldiers who fought on its shores - and to give an emotional tribute to his own grandfather. On Friday morning, the president spoke at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 white marble tombstones sit on a bluff overlooking the site of the June 6, 1944, battle's most violent fighting at Omaha Beach. 'We are on this Earth for only a moment in time, and fewer of us have parents and grandparents to tell us about...
  • 93-year-old WWII paratrooper marks D-Day with encore jump

    06/06/2014 12:11:53 PM PDT · by shove_it · 15 replies
    CBSnews ^ | 5 Jun 2014
    NORMANDY, France -- On Monday, the "CBS Evening News" met Jim Martin of Xenia, Ohio. On D-Day in 1944, he parachuted into Normandy with the 101st Airborne Division. On Thursday, he performed an encore. Martin, now 93, joined daredevils from all over the world to commemorate the D-Day anniversary. He landed on the same patch of land as he did 70 years ago, just behind Utah Beach...
  • The eyes of the world were upon us on “the longest day”

    06/06/2014 11:09:29 AM PDT · by PapaNew · 13 replies
    AllenBWest ^ | 6/6/14 | Allen West
    We must never forget the names Bold, Sword, Juno, Omaha, Utah, and Point du Hoc where the Allies and men of the American Army’s 1st, 4th, and 29th Infantry Divisions hit the beach — and the 2nd Rangers scaled the heights. The stories of heroism will echo for eternity and they must be told to ensure those brave 9,000 — who would never again walk among the living — are not forgotten. We must never allow the legacy of Operation Overlord to be forgotten. And so here are the mottos of the American units of that famed day: 1st Infantry...
  • Pope Francis pays tribute to 'heavy sacrifice' of soldiers on 70th anniversary of D-Day landings

    06/06/2014 9:56:54 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 3 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | June 6, 2014 | Vatican Radio
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings is an opportunity for present generations to show gratitude for the “heavy sacrifice” of soldiers who landed on the beaches of Normandy to fight against “Nazi barbarism” and free occupied France during World War II. He also states that it should serve as a reminder that excluding God from the lives of people and societies can bring nothing but death and suffering and he calls on the people of Europe to find their roots and future hopes in the Gospel of Christ. The Holy Father’s words are contained...
  • A D-Day Veteran Politely Declines Obama Invitation

    06/06/2014 9:10:10 AM PDT · by topher · 74 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 6 June 2014 11:08 AM | John Fund
    Brix, France — Some of the veterans attending the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings here in France have fascinating stories. Take George Ciampa, the most vibrant and spry 89-year-old I have ever met. In 1944, he landed in Normandy as a soldier assigned to the 84th Graves Registration Unit. “I spent the next few years going from France to Germany helping to bury people,” he told me. He was involved in setting up the temporary military cemeteries in Normandy that have now become stirring memorials to our fallen dead.
  • D-Day: Hove veteran defies ban for Normandy trip

    06/06/2014 8:48:11 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/6/14 | BBC
    An 89-year-old WW2 veteran who was banned by his nursing home from going to France for the D-Day commemorations sneaked out and went anyway. The pensioner left the Hove home at 10:30 BST on Thursday and was reported missing in the evening, police said. The nursing home received a call from a younger veteran later on saying he had met the un-named veteran on a coach. The two were on their way to France and said they were safe and well in a hotel in Ouistreham, Sussex Police said. Hundreds of veterans have been marking the 70th anniversary of the...
  • D-Day: Eisenhower and His Paratroopers

    06/06/2014 8:45:25 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 20 replies
    Self | June 6, 2014 | Self
    General Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in London to command Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) for the last five months of planning for D-Day. During that time he achieved much more than the oft repeated portrayal of managing a political/military alliance. Though he never led troops in combat, his leadership sustained many unprecedented initiatives for the successful Normandy landings. The air assault exemplifies the frightful uncertainties plaguing this “Day of Days”. The night before D-Day, 20,400 American and British paratroopers dropped behind the Normandy beaches from 1,250 C-47 aircraft plus gliders. This massive assault was attempted just 17 years after...
  • The real lessons of D-Day

    06/06/2014 8:22:06 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 6,2014 | Barry Strauss
    The 70th anniversary of D-Day is a time of pride, gratitude and fear. Pride that the generation of ’44 had the courage to storm across the English Channel and take the Nazis’ Fortress Europa. Gratitude that their self-sacrifice has helped make it possible for us to enjoy 70 years of relative peace and prosperity. Fear that, because there is no end of war, we will one day be called upon to suffer it all again – and our soft and peaceable selves will have to prove equal to the task.
  • D-Day at 70: When Order Triumphed Over Evil

    06/06/2014 8:15:09 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 8 replies
    TFP.org ^ | June 4, 2014 | Francis Slobodnik
    This June 6th marks the seventieth anniversary of the D-Day Normandy landings. While not the largest amphibious operation in history, it is perhaps the most significant. Europe was pinned beneath the boot of National Socialism, a godless, gnostic sect that swept God from public life. The Normandy invasion spelled the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. The scope of all that happened on D-Day is hard to fathom. Its success in all its many facets is a testimony to the powers of organization and order that once existed in America and her Western allies. On that day full of...
  • Watch: Awesome Tribute by Airline Gate Agent for WWII Vets On Their Way to France for D-Day

    06/06/2014 7:38:04 AM PDT · by montag813 · 53 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 06-06-2014 | Jason DeWitt
    by Jason DeWitt | Top Right NewsA group of World War II veterans got a sweet surprise on Wednesday, when a gate agent at the Detroit airport serenaded them with a beautiful rendition of the national anthem over the loudspeaker.The moving moment came on Monday, when the agent at DTW, Anna Marie Barile, started to sing over the PA system for passengers waiting for Delta flight 98 from Detroit to Paris.There were 12 WWII veterans on this particular flight, which was headed to Omaha Beach to recognize the 70th anniversary of D-Day. When it was announced over the PA system...
  • Vanity: Typical Google: Just link to commemorate D-Day

    06/06/2014 6:38:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Google ^ | June 6, 2014 | Me
    One needs to squint to see the small link. At least Bing has a photo of a memorial on one of the beaches. For a country that has given untold wealth to the founders of google they sure hate this country and its achievements.
  • 70th Anniversary of D-DAY - A Spiritual Analogy

    06/06/2014 6:37:21 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 4 replies
    IFB ^ | 6/6/14
    On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied soldiers clambered aboard heaving landing craft and braved six-foot swells, waves of machine gun fire, and more than 6 million mines to claim a stretch of sand at a place called Normandy. Their mission was to carve out an Allied foothold on the edge of Nazi-occupied Europe for the army of more than one million that would follow them in the summer of 1944. This army would burst forth from the beachhead, rolling across Europe into the heart of Germany, liberating millions, toppling a genocidal regime and ending a nightmare along the way. But...
  • President Commemorates Anniversary of Normandy Invasion

    06/06/2014 5:54:45 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 8 replies
    vanity ^ | today | self
    Watch this awesome video of our President's Address at the Ceremony Commemorating the Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-day at Point-du-Hoc. President Commemorates Anniversary of Normandy Invasion
  • The American Flag Daily: Overlord

    06/06/2014 5:23:01 AM PDT · by Master Zinja
    The American Flag Daily ^ | June 6, 2014 | JasonZ
    June 6, 1944 was the day 156,000 men from the United States and other Allied nations began the liberation of Nazi-occupied Europe with the amphibious invasion of Normandy, France - the largest such invasion in history. Less than a year later, Nazi Germany surrendered and the European portion of World War II was over.
  • Obama:'America's claim' written by those who served on D-Day (sez "hit singles" prez)

    06/06/2014 4:58:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 6, 2014 | Justin Sink
    Although Obama made no direct reference to that controversy, he did said of D-Day that “in this age of instant commentary, the invasion would have swiftly and roundly been declared, as it was by one officer, 'a debacle.'" He also cautioned against a “race to judgment.” President Obama marked the anniversary of the D-Day landings Friday with a tribute to the servicemen who stormed “democracy’s beachhead” 70 years ago, and the new generation of American soldiers who continue their mission. "America's claim — our commitment to liberty, to equality, to freedom, to the inherent dignity of every human being —...
  • 70 years on, D-Day veteran recalls WWII as an adventure, too

    06/06/2014 3:50:12 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-6-14 | Richard Chin
    Ken Axelson is what you would call a survivor. Seventy years ago Friday the 20-year-old Minnesotan was in one of the deadliest places in a big, bloody battle in the middle of a devastating worldwide conflict. He was an American soldier hitting Omaha Beach in the D-Day invasion of German-occupied France, a crucial turning point in World War II. Axelson lived through what has been called "the longest day." But more bad stuff would happen before the war was over for the Welch, Minn., farm boy. He became a paratrooper and fought in another brutal battle, the Battle of the...
  • Dame Vera Lynn "We'll Meet Again"

    06/06/2014 1:01:54 AM PDT · by llevrok · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6/6/2014
    To my neighbor Dan. 70 years ago today, you landed on Omaha Beach. A simple boy from New York City who became one of the finest gentlemen I've ever known and a damn great friend. Thank you and your buddies for what you did. Last November 2013, you left us. May we meet again some day, as Dame Lynn sang.
  • Obama is a pygmy compared with the wartime leader Roosevelt

    06/05/2014 5:23:56 PM PDT · by kingattax · 25 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 5 June 2014 | MAX HASTINGS
    Of course it is a challenge for any modern national leader, to stand tomorrow on the beaches of Normandy and recall the greatest days and martial triumphs of World War II. The comparison is obvious and embarrassing, between the giants and the pygmies: Churchill and Cameron, Hollande and de Gaulle, above all Franklin Roosevelt and Barack Obama. This week, however, at the D-Day Commemoration, America’s representative will be a man who has disappointed his nation and its allies as have few presidents in modern times. In 2014, at least Britain’s prime minister and France’s president must bear responsibility only for...
  • Scenes From D-Day, Then and Now

    06/05/2014 1:55:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    theatlantic.com ^ | June 5, 2014
    Two photographers recently traveled to France, seeking to rephotograph images captured back then. Getty photographer Peter Macdiarmid and Reuters photographer Chris Helgren gathered archive pictures from the 1944 invasion, tracked down the locations, and photographed them as they appear today. Starting with photo number two, all the images are interactive -- click on them to see a transition from 'then' to 'now', and see the difference 70 years can make
  • At D-Day Commemoration, Few Mourn The War’s Losers

    06/05/2014 1:37:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    time ^ | Vivienne Walt / La Cambe, France
    It may surprise the many Americans who have arrived in Normandy in France this week to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, but the largest burial place here is not, in fact, the iconic U.S. war cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer about 10 miles from here. That site’s forest of sunlit, erect white crosses in perfectly symmetrical rows marks the graves of more than 9,387 Americans, memorialized for later generations in Hollywood movies, including the closing scene of the Tom Hanks hit, Saving Private Ryan. Instead, among the many cemeteries for the 100,000 or so soldiers killed in the mammoth...
  • D-Day is Dumb Day for Too Many

    06/05/2014 8:18:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 102 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Given the numerous studies revealing how American education lags behind instruction in other countries in disciplines once thought to be essential, it should come as no surprise that on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, a lot of people are clueless about central elements of the Allied invasion of the European continent on June 6, 1944. The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) has released the results of a survey, which finds only slightly more than half (54 percent) of those who took a multiple choice quiz knew that Dwight D. Eisenhower was the supreme commander of Allied forces...
  • Remembering D-Day

    06/05/2014 4:39:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    This year marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy, France, and the long-awaited opening of a western front. The year before, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin had repeatedly asked British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to open a second front on the Atlantic Coast of Europe, to provide his army on the east with relief. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme allied commander in Europe, planned and carried out the liberation of Western Europe and invasion of Germany, code-named Operation Overlord. This large-scale invasion required hundreds of thousands of troops to be...
  • Why I fear this spoilt generation would lack the spirit for an epic endeavour like D-Day

    06/04/2014 8:43:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | June 2, 2014 | Dominic Sandbrook
    Any standards, Mary Soames led a genuinely extraordinary life. She was born in 1922, the youngest daughter of Winston Churchill. In May 1940, when her father became Prime Minister, she was just 17. As Hitler’s forces massed on the other side of the Channel, Mary was at her father’s right hand. She went with him to Quebec in 1943 to meet the U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt, and two years later she accompanied him to Potsdam, where she met Harry Truman and Joseph Stalin. Her death on Sunday at the age of 91 closed another link with World War II,...
  • WWII vet beats obstacles to visit France for D-Day

    06/03/2014 2:35:51 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 13 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 6/2/14 | KATE BRUMBACK
    A 94-year-old man who fought for the U.S. in World War II is heading to France for D-Day ceremonies, a journey he nearly wasn't able to make because he didn't have the proof of his citizenship needed to get a passport. But after getting some help from social media and his local congressman to overcome his financial and passport issues, Sherwin Callander, of Alabama, was set to board a plane Monday night for Paris. Callander heard last month about ceremonies for the 70th anniversary of D-Day and said he thought it would be meaningful to attend. He hadn't been back...
  • World War Two as you have never seen it: extremely rare colour footage of D-Day invasion released

    05/31/2014 3:39:38 AM PDT · by SuperSonic · 43 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | May 29, 2014 | APTN
    The only known Allied colour footage of World War Two was uncovered in the attic of a Hollywood director by his son. When the warship HMS Belfast fired the shot that launched the D-Day landings, it was carrying an unlikely passenger - Hollywood film director George Stevens. With Allied forces set to storm the Normandy beaches of Nazi-occupied France, Stevens was on-board making a unique 16 millimetre colour film journal.
  • What was D-Day?

    05/29/2014 4:44:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Seventy years ago this June 6, the Americans, British and Canadians stormed the beaches of Normandy in the largest amphibious invasion of Europe since the Persian king Xerxes invaded Greece in 480 B.C. About 160,000 troops landed on five Normandy beaches and linked up with airborne troops in a masterful display of planning and courage. Within a month almost a million Allied troops had landed in France and were heading eastward toward the German border. Within 11 months the war with Germany was over. The western front required the diversion of hundreds of thousands of German troops. It weakened...