06 June 2015

The Cost Of Freedom: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword...

In the wee morning on 6 June 1944, 156,000 Allied soldiers stormed a handful of beaches along the coast of Normandy, France. 
Choppy seas and German resistance prevented them from fully meeting their objectives on that memorable day, yet they were able to gain a crucial foothold and by the end of August, Paris had regained its freedom and Belgium, in September 1944. The Netherlands soon followed albeit the west of that country remained under German occupation suffering from a famine at the end of 1944 called 'Hunger Winter'. 

(Photo source here)
Sites to explore for additional information:

World War II - D Day (National Memorial)

Landing at Normandy (History in the headlines)

The Longest Day: A Timeline

Belgium in WW 2


And if you ever wonder why it is called D Day, here are some interesting facts to check out:

Hints of the true meaning can be found long before WWII in a  U.S. Army Field Order dated September 7, 1918.

Liberty is the right to choose. 

Freedom is the result of the right choice.

71 years ago...Lest we forget...

1 comment:

  1. We must never forget and pray our thanks.

    God bless you and yours, Noelle.


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