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A Tribute on D-Day

Today we commemorate the 69th anniversary of the D-Day landings. On June 6, 1944, the Allies landed on the beaches of Normandy to liberate Europe from Nazi power.

Today the Normandy beaches bristle with people on holiday – those who come to remember, and those who come to play. Children laugh and chase the waves and build sand castles. Tourists stand in silence, wipe tears, take pictures. This is as it should be.

Sixty-nine years ago, 155,000 American, British Commonwealth, and Free French troops landed in the biggest amphibious operation in history, along with free people from many other occupied nations. Take a moment today and remember those who risked their lives, who gave their lives so we can live in freedom.

5 Responses to “A Tribute on D-Day”

  1. Rachel Muller

    Beautiful post, Sarah! My WIP is nearing the D-Day exercises that eventually lead into Operation Overlord. The more research I do on this mission I learn and see a little more into the emotions those men must have felt. My husband’s grandfather was part of the 29th Infantry Division, one of the first who landed on Omaha Beach that morning. He survived, and upon arriving back in the states, buried his gun somewhere in town.

  2. Sarah Sundin

    Thank you, Rachel! And thanks for sharing your family story. That’s funny about the buried gun…makes you want to do a treasure hunt, doesn’t it?

  3. Carrie Fancett Pagels

    Sarah, Thanks for sharing. I always thought my dad came in on D Day, but he told my hubby that it was a day or two later. Regardless, scary stuff–and I’m awfully glad he came home–and proud of him and all the infantry for serving!

  4. Carla Olson Gade

    Here a little late, but enjoyed this poignant post. My great-uncle was there and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, later taken as a POW.