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Old June 6th, 2011, 05:57 AM
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D-Day 67 years on.

‎67 years ago this morning the Allied forces landed in Normandy, France. Thousands of young men had lost their lives by this time (08.55amGMT). They gave their lives so we may enjoy the freedoms we have today. This post is in tribute to their sacrifice and the sacrifices of our other comrades in arms in conflicts since.
Take a minute to feel for those men and women who can't be with their loved ones this day.
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Old June 6th, 2011, 08:41 AM
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Old June 6th, 2011, 09:36 AM
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I have been to the cemetery at Belleau Woods, and it is amazing how many people in the small towns around the woods lit up when they saw a group of Marines... free drinks at pubs, invitations to homes for dinner, etc.

They have NOT forgotten what happened there. It's too bad most people in America already have.
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Old June 7th, 2011, 08:57 AM
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Belleau Woods, most people today probably think that's a National Park.
They haven't forgotten Neill, they just don't care to know in the first place.
That's why it will happen again and again.
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My Grandfather's transport was late, he came up on the beach 2 weeks later. I went to visit the area a few years back took pictures and talked (on the phone he is still alive and Kicking) to him from the cemetery. I teach US History. When I do the WWII Unit I call my Grandfather and put him on speaker to tell the students what it was like. I fear that as we lose the generation that lived it we will lose the memory of how much we owe the men and women that fought. thanks for the post (from My Grandfather.)
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Old June 7th, 2011, 09:24 AM
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I have been to the cemetery at Belleau Woods, and it is amazing how many people in the small towns around the woods lit up when they saw a group of Marines... free drinks at pubs, invitations to homes for dinner, etc.

They have NOT forgotten what happened there. It's too bad most people in America already have.
I'm not even a serviceman and I felt the same way in Belgium. They couldn't have been nicer, loving the very presence of Americans when I was there. A few occasions they even brought up WWII and what the Allies did for them when we weren't even talking about anything like that.

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My Grandfather's transport was late, he came up on the beach 2 weeks later. I went to visit the area a few years back took pictures and talked (on the phone he is still alive and Kicking) to him from the cemetery. I teach US History. When I do the WWII Unit I call my Grandfather and put him on speaker to tell the students what it was like. I fear that as we lose the generation that lived it we will lose the memory of how much we owe the men and women that fought. thanks for the post (from My Grandfather.)
Wifey's grandpa too. He was a landing-craft/duck mechanic and had to stay behind to fix a few that weren't seaworthy. He showed up the week after.

That's great that you get him on the phone to give his account, incredible.
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The Ederly Gent in the photo is Ken Howes, Ex. Royal Navy. He landed troops on Omaha Beach in the first and fourth waves on .6.6.44, A British vet who did his bit you get your grandparents ashore. A little know fact in the US is that all the beach masters on Omaha and Utah beaches we from the Royal Navy and Royal Canadian Navy. The Large british truck in the photo's actually landed on D-D+2 at Arromanche on Gold Beach.
I make a pilgramage to Normandy every few years, some times I take the Hippo some times we go in a friends Jeep. Its open to all. I suggest if you can afford it you make the trip. You'll never regrett it or the emotions it leaves you with.
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