I was only eleven years of age when it happened. I was twelve when I saw it on a newsreel in an old segregated theater in Western Kentucky. So today as I was watching the News about the World War II D-Day Anniversary and listening to Mr. Francois Hollande honoring the sacrifices of those who fought on D-Day, I had to applaud Francois Hollande, who urged people to fight today’s threats to peace with equal vision and courage.
I think that his message was one that we as Americans needed to hear foremost, because we seem to forget sometimes that we are the “Home of the brave and the Land of the free” and God has surely blessed America down through the ages of our history. The French president was addressing world leaders and almost 2,000 veterans in Normandy on the 70th anniversary of the momentous World War Two mission.
What Mr. Hollande said about today’s threats included terrorism, global warming and mass unemployment. All that our President Barack Obama, our Congressional Leaders should heed and give an opening ear to and never put it on the back burner of our priorities. In fact, that is one reason the GOP Tea Party should back off trying to destroy the President and start working with him to make a better and stronger America, laying aside their partisanship hatred. Regardless of all the different problems of our past, now is a very good time to pursue the gracious ideals that the men in that war so valiantly fought for.
Also the Queen who was there said, “The day was filled with “sorrow and regret” as well as “pride”. She must have known or heard what had happened there at Normandy and because of those fighting men, England and the world has a lot to give thanks for. Earlier, the monarch laid a wreath at a military cemetery in Bayeux. This D-Day Anniversary reminds us once again that the Invasion of Normandy 70 years ago helped without a doubt to end that war.The 1944 landings – involving 156,000 troops – were the first stage of the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe.
The main ceremony took place on the French northern coast at Sword Beach, the code name for one of the Allies’ five landing points where, following Mr. Hollande’s speech, scenes from the invasion were re-enacted. This was quite an informative and a very exciting event. This was indeed a great 70th Anniversary of D-Day.