Remembering D-Day & Normandy

The invasion of Normandy during WWII has become one of the most definitive turning points in history.  It consisted of three phases, first an air assault, troop landings, and an amphibious landing on June 6, 1944, and it was the fist Allied assault during the war.  However, with this successful assault came many human losses and hefty losses for the Germans, which many say is related to the inability of the German army to gear up for assault quick enough.

Following the war, France erected the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.  Check out this video of the visitor’s center and a video touring the landscaped grounds.

President Barack Obama paid homage to the heroes of Normandy at the infamous beaches.  Check out this news story in AFP.  President Obama has two personal connections to the Normandy, including a great uncle who liberated Buchenwald–one of the many concentration camps set up by the Nazi’s to kill more than 6 million Jews.  Check out President Obama’s trip to Buchenwald in this USA Today story.  Author Elie Wiesel was among the members of the group touring the concentration camp.

If you would like to check out a personal take on this fateful day in history, head on over to Age 30+…A Lifetime of Books to read about Heather’s grandfather.

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5 Comments

  1. I never knew all of this 🙂 Thanks!

  2. Veens, Thanks for checking out the post. I’m trying to provide some of the most informative pieces for those who are unaware of WWII and the Holocaust. Information is always good and keeps us from repeating poor decisions. Let’s hope.

  3. Great post! I think it’s important to remember. I’ll have to check out the article links your provided.

    –Anna

  4. Thanks for adding the link to my post about my grandpa!

  5. I’m just sorry I didn’t notice it earlier before this post went live.


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