June 6, 1944: D-Day, 68 years later
I don’t do D-Day very well these days. I get horribly depressed. Very few of those who served are left. The WWII vets are dying off at about 1500 per day. Many are in their 90′s. My own heroes of that era, my parents, are both dead. My mother worked for the Dept of the Army and my father served in the Army. D-Day always seems a little more poignant to me because it was my parents’ anniversary. They had been married 2 years on D-Day.
The 68th anniversary of D-Day came quietly this year. It sneaked up on me, to be perfectly honest. Today is June 7. It was wedged between events in Prince William County and a foiled plan to remove the governor of Wisconsin which dominated the news. D-Day marked the beginning of the end, the Allies broke through German fortifications and began the long trek towards Germany, liberating occupied countries as they advanced. Many men never came home. 29,000 Americans lost their lives in the Normandy invasion which included the weeks immediately following as they pushed towards the liberation of Europe.
Bedford, Virginia holds the record for the most servicemen lost from a town on D-Day. The National D-Day Memorial is located there. This memorial has a hard time keeping its head above water because of the recession and because it is a privately run memorial. The Memorial is subject to any glitch in the economy.
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