June 6, 1944

Just after midnight on June 6, 1944, 1,200 transport planes and 700 gliders delivered over 23,000 American and British paratroops behind the German coastal defense in Normandy.At dawn, 4,000 transports and 800 warships, plus innumerable smaller craft, began an amphibious assault that landed 130,000 soldiers at beaches code-named Sword, Juno, Gold, Utah, and Omaha.These names… Continue reading June 6, 1944

D-Day sadness

In south central Michigan many High School graduation ceremonies took place on Sunday. That day was also D-Day, of course.At one particular graduation ceremony, there was no allegiance pledged nor star spangled banner sung. In keeping with this lack of respect for the ideals of our Republic, this is how the flag was displayed.It would… Continue reading D-Day sadness

The boys of Pointe du Hoc

Ronald Reagan's 1984 speech at the site of the U.S. Ranger Monument at Pointe du Hoc, France:We're here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For four long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews… Continue reading The boys of Pointe du Hoc