I was going to write up a short piece about this anniversary, but time has been my enemy this past week. between health issues and trying to get work done around the house, well… it just hasn’t gotten the attention that I had hoped.
Regardless, there are plenty of articles around the web. Ed Morrissey of HotAir has a nice short piece, and all the major outlets have something. Of course, the bigger stories will come on the 70th and 75th anniversaries, much like the major reunions for the Civil War veterans. As I mentioned in the previous story, if you have the opportunity to talk to any of our WWII veterans (or veterans from any of our eras) please do so. Help keep our history alive by remembering their stories, and preserving them whenever you can, because once those men and women have passed away, all we’ll have left are fading images, letters and film.
From Ed Morrissey:
Sixty-seven years ago, free men of America, Great Britain, Canada, and Poland-in-exile stormed the shores of Normandy into the teeth of Adolf Hitler’s Fortress Europe. The losses at Omaha Beach especially were astounding; over 4400 Allied servicemen died in the assault, and 7500 more were wounded or went missing. Americans made up almost two-thirds of the overall casualties (over 6600). The German casualty figures were never known, but estimates range from 4000 to 9000. But that was just the first day of the Battle of Normandy. By the time Normandy was secured, over 425,000 casualties had been inflicted on both sides, 209,000 by Allied forces. Another 200,000 troops were captured by the allies. The French paid a price, too; over 15,000 civilians were killed in the Battle of Normandy.
Staggering numbers. Think about those and compare them to what we’ve suffered in 8 years of conflict in Iraq, and 10 in Afghanistan. That’s not in anyway meant to lessen the impact of those modern losses. It’s simply to compare them, and to show how far we’ve come in preventing our own casualties, and protecting our warfighters.
Take a moment today to think about those men and that great generation who refused to allow the light of liberty to be extinguished. Young men and women who took the weight of that responsibility upon their shoulders, and went forward with a courage born in the hearts of free men to throw back the darkness of oppression and restore freedom to generations not yet born. We owe them a debt we can never repay. Let us try and live our lives so as to be worthy of the sacrifices they made.