Seventy four years ago today, the impossible happened.  The Allied Forces invaded Normandy.  It was to be known as D-Day.  Thousands of strangers would lose their lives to begin the eventual defeat of the Axis Powers.We can never thank those brave souls for what they did on that day.  Most of us, will learn of D-Day by watching 'Saving Private Ryan' or the HBO mini series, 'The Band of Brothers.'

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I can't write enough to do this day justice.  I'll leave you with the speech given by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Forces, before the liberation of Europe.

Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force:

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months.

The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.

In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped, and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944. Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned. The free men of the world are marching together to victory.

I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory.

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

To all who served, thank you, and God Bless.


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