Tuesday, June 06, 2006

D-Day, 62 years on

Les sanglots longs des violons de l'automne
bercent mon cœur d'une langueur monotone

These lines, from Verlaine's Chanson d'automne, were the signal that marked the beginning of the most ambitious military operation in the History of mankind, launched in the early morning of June 6th, 1944, led by the United States, Great Britain and Canada.

This was to be the most consequential day of the Twentieth Century, a day that would decide on History's further course, and it was, in many ways, the decisive battle for Freedom, and the survival of mankind in a meaningful way.

Freedom survived. And America made the world a much, much better place, something for which America deserves our eternal gratitude.

God Bless America.


Blogger Voyager said...

And America made the world a much, much better place,

Might have been nice to have included the British and Canadians on Gold, Juno and Sword Beaches.

Maybe the Polish and French troops could be included ?

Perhaps the troops who fought at Caen and in the Falaise Gap could be recalled ?

10:01 AM  
Blogger Franklin D. Rosenfeld said...

1. I did not mention any of the Beaches, but in fact none other than the US (Utah, Omaha and Pointe du Hoc), the British (Gold and Sword) and the Canadians (Juno) had their own beaches. And since I mentioned all of these, I fail to see your point.

2. As for the Poles, courageous and valorous as they were, their contribution was simply not central. The same goes for the (equally commendable) Dutch, Norwegians and Belgians.

12:50 PM  

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