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DDay + 60 years

By X-MarCap ·
For those of you who have lost fathers, or brothers on Normandy, Omaha Beach etc. We remember there is evil to oppose. They are our Martyrs...

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Grandfathers and Great-Grandfathers

by oldbag In reply to DDay + 60 years

Lets not forget that there are members of the younger generation that frequent this site as well.

Also, this battle included members of all the Allied countries. The Canadians were at Juno Beach.

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Concurrance

by X-MarCap In reply to Grandfathers and Great-Gr ...

I think that the stand against evil is never ending, but we get tired of the fight,sometimes...

Sometimes, we decide we won't bother to fight until things get too bad for the world to ignore.

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If D-Day was today. . . . .

by maxwell edison In reply to DDay + 60 years

...it would have been plastered all over the front pages of the New York Times yesterday.

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Sad but true.

by X-MarCap In reply to If D-Day was today. . . . ...

Today treason is excused, when it comes from the news sources...

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Thank You tjsanko

by Tig2 In reply to DDay + 60 years

My Uncle Frank- my grandparent's only son, was killed along with his crew (he was a pilot) but in Japan.

We too frequently forget that the liberties that we enjoy today have been paid for in blood. They continue to be.

To anyone here who has worn the uniform of their country, Thank You.

To all who have paid the ultimate price, you are not forgotten- at least not at my house.

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The Tree of Liberty...

by X-MarCap In reply to Thank You tjsanko

must be refreshed from tine to time with the blood of Patriots.

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I agree and you could also have added...................

by sleepin'dawg In reply to The Tree of Liberty...

that there are those who are willing to stand and die for a principle and that is Freedom. Our ancestors did it back then and today our children are making that same sort of stand in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's too bad so many don't seem to understand that.

Dawg ]:)

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Ahh, but Dawg

by Tig2 In reply to I agree and you could als ...

It has long been my personal impression that we chose to stop teaching that value set.

Once upon a time- like in the olden days when I was a schoolgirl, we were taught to love God and Country and to stand up for those beliefs. We didn't have idiots running about saying things like "God Bless America" is devisive and ranting about saying the Pledge of Allegiance. And if they did, they swiftly found themselves the minority.

Now that we have become "Politically Correct" it is somehow appropriate to trash the country that gives us the freedom to do exactly that.

I am frequently dismayed at what we have chosen to become.

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Some D-Day stats

by neilb@uk In reply to DDay + 60 years

The Allies landed around 156,000 troops in Normandy.

The American forces landed numbered 73,000 and in the British and Canadian sector, over 83,000 troops were landed of which 61,000 were British and the remaining 22,000 were mostly Canadian though just about everywhere was represented.

Twenty-seven war cemeteries hold the remains of over 110,000 dead from both sides: 77,866 German, 9386 American, 17,769 British, 5002 Canadian and 650 Poles though these were obviously not all casualties from D-Day.

I always like to think that the Canadians put up a particularly good show considering their population. My aunt married a Canadian just before D-Day - a really nice guy, according to my mother - and he never made it back. The rest of my family survived.

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Some little known facts about Canada's.........................

by sleepin'dawg In reply to Some D-Day stats

participation in the two World Wars.

1: On a per capita basis, Canada lost more men than any other participating nation, including the Russians.

2: At the end of the World War II, Canada possessed the third largest navy in the world.

3: Canada made its right of passage into full independant nationhood after a little British run fiasco called the Dieppe Raid, after which it was determined that never again would Canadian troops be placed at the disposal of any foreign power.

4: In World War I most Canadian casualties and fatalities resulted from the incompetence of Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig who persisted in the tactics of frontal assaults against fortified positions. He might have been a hero to the British but he was/is perceived as an incompetent butcher by Canadians. While in officer canadidate school, we were taught the stupidity of this mans strategy and tactics.

Enough said. The latter two items are a bit of a sore point with me, since several of my ancestors perished as a result. Couple that with the fact that my heritage is Scottish and I was brought up on such topics as the Highland Clearances so my views of the "mother country" are somewhat jaded.

My grandparents always spoke fondly of the "Auld Country" but I noted they never made any efforts to return, even for a visit. I still have relatives there with whom I stay in touch.

Dawg ]:)

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