D-Day Remembered

CNN.com – Bush: America would do it again – Jun 6, 2004
It’s sad to think that this ten-year anniversary will be the last that a good number of the actual veterans of the Normandy invasion will be able to attend. Facing that kind of peril took enormous courage and these vets are entitled to any and all recognition we can give them before they pass on.

With it being D-Day and all, I’m feeling particularly magnanimous and won’t take any cheap shots at the French. I do hope that we will one day be allies with them again in a meaningful sense. Until then it’s worth remembering the sacrifices that were made to defeat the Nazis and Japan. What they represented, alone, justified our entry into WW2 and that we could rid the world of a totalitarian belief system in the process allowed millions to live in freedom.

The alliance forged between the United States and Europe during World War II is strong “and is still needed today,” U.S. President George W. Bush told veterans commemorating the 1944 D-Day landings.

“America would do it again for our friends,” he said of the key role played by the United States in helping to free France from Nazi occupation.

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Bush told those who had fought to liberate Europe on June 6, 1944: “You will be honored forever and always by the country you served and the nations you freed.”

Bush and French counterpart President Jacques Chirac stood side by side at the vast American war cemetery to start a day of somber reflection over the heroism and loss of life during the D-Day landings in Normandy 60 years ago.

Later world leaders gave a standing ovation to D-Day veterans Sunday at a moving ceremony overlooking the invasion beaches of June 6, 1944 at Arromanches.

Chirac, the host of the commemorations, said modern leaders had a duty to honor the values the soldiers died for by defending the cause of freedom and democracy together.

“France will never forget what it owes America, its steadfast friend and ally,” Chirac told a ceremony attended by about 20 heads of state and government at the coastal village which was the scene of heavy fighting on June 6, 1944.

“Like all the countries of Europe, France is keenly aware that the Atlantic alliance remains, in the face of new threats, a fundamental element of our collective security.”

Blackfive has a comprehensive post on D-Day as does Sgt. Hook. They are far more qualified to tell this story than I.

UPDATE: Spoons has a link to the beaches that were invaded that day.

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