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Normandy’s Red Beaches

June 6, 1944

Charles Suddeth

I salute those who stormed Normandy’s beaches,

Fear and doubt crushing their hearts and minds and souls,

Becoming heroes the instant they stepped into chilly waters,

Some were yet boys, but that day became men in the finest sense of the word,

Some never made it to the beaches, their blood mixing forever with the sea,

Others never made it past those beaches, their blood staining the sands red,

Still others made it past those beaches only to find a hell beyond belief,

Their heroism something mere men like me will never comprehend,

Again, I salute the sacrifices they made, the glory they deserve,

They forever changed our world,

They shall never be forgotten.

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Never forget

June 6, 1944, D-Day, Allied troops stormed Normandy’s beaches. Allies included troops from Canada, Great Britain, the USA, and 6 other countries. Heroes a thousand times better than me died this day.

I saw the 1962 movie, The Longest Day, with my uncle, James Fugit who served under Patton. He said the movie realistically depicted D-Day. (black & white movie–much of the footage is actual combat film) A prayer for these men.

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On June 6th, 1944 American, British, Canadian, French and other nations’ troops stormed the beaches of Normandy and attacked Nazi fortifications. Thousands died or were wounded. I don’t have the records, but I expect that by war’s end, most of these men and women would be dead or wounded. I didn’t realize it until this year, but not only did the solders wade the beaches, but a substantial percentage parachuted onto the beaches.

The Louisville Courier-Journal says that 450,000 American World War 2 vets are still alive. Many of them were in D-Day. Let us salute their bravery and sacrifice while they yet live.

 

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