D-Day: a day to Honor our WW2 Heroes

[June 6, 2022]  Today is the anniversary of one of the greatest undertakings of humanity.  On June 6, 1944, the Allied nations invaded northern France to begin the final effort to destroy Nazi Germany.  This was the beginning of the end of Hitler’s military control over Europe.  WW2 would end eleven months after D-Day, and Europe would finally be free from tyranny.

Today we remember those Allies who fell on the beaches of Normandy as we honor those who fought in this epic battle.  The troops won back this ground for a more peaceful and free civilization.  We thank them from the bottom of our hearts.  We also acknowledge that our debt is everlasting.

The crusade against tyranny has been an everlasting struggle of free peoples.  It did not start during WW2 on D-Day, but we are fortunate to have those willing to move forward and conquer evil.  The heroic battle at Normandy and the ongoing fight between good and evil continues.

From the planes in the air to French Resistance, the sailors, to the troops landing in drop zones and on the beaches, there were British, Canadians, Poles, Norwegians, Aussies, and more.  They all came together to rid the world of the evil Nazi empire.  And, of course, there were the Americans who came from across America, some who had never ventured out of their town.

By the last week of August, Paris was liberated.  Some who landed on D-Day had pushed to the center of Germany.  Some threw open the gates of Nazi concentration camps to liberate Jews who had suffered the bottomless horrors of the Holocaust.

Seventy-eight years ago, the warriors of D-Day fought a sinister enemy who spoke of a 1,000-year empire.  In defeating that evil, they left a legacy that will last, not only for 1,000 years but for all time — for as long as the soul knows of duty and for honor, for as long as freedom keeps its hold on the human heart.

Today, let us never forget.

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26 thoughts on “D-Day: a day to Honor our WW2 Heroes

  1. Anya B.

    I’ve been very lucky having known personally a dozen or so WWII veterans who were willing to sit down with me and tell me stories about what they did during the war. Yes, I know that a lot went on in the USA while the war progressed and support from home is important, but I got to learn the real emotions of battle from these men.

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  2. Winston

    On D-Day, 1944, in the largest amphibious landing in history, some 156,00 soldiers, sailors, marines, air corps and coast guard members of America, Britain, Canada, free France, Poland, and other nations, participated in the allied invasion at Normandy, France, to defeat the totalitarian tyranny of the National Workers Socialist Party (NAZI) of Adolf Hitler, who had conquered all of Europe. Operative description of the Nazis — “Socialist”. Remember that forever when someone tells you they are a socialist.

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    1. corralesdon

      Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. quote of Winston Churchill

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    2. Big Al

      “Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it. ” by Thomas Sowell 👍

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      1. American Girl

        But snowflakes today will never know this. Ignore history, tear down statues, harm the innocents, kill babies, that is the heart of the Democrat Party of the US. Shame on all of them.

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  3. Desert Cactus

    I enjoyed your article today, Gen. Satterfield. Keep up your wonderful website.

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    1. JT Patterson

      Yes, exactly why I keep coming back here to learn more about being a good person and better leader. You can get this every time. Sit back and enjoy a short read. Get yourself a cup of coffee. Sit your dog down by your feet. And enjoy a bit of time that is definitiately worth it.

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  4. Max Foster

    All our military men and women deserve to be remembered and honored on D-Day, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, but a special shout-out for those who suffered and sacrificed on every single D-Day, not just those who stormed the beaches of Normandy, is long overdue. Almost all are gone now, but as Gen. Lucian K. Truscott said, “We cannot look back to them if we do not look forward to the future for which they fought — and died.” So, as we celebrate our continued liberty and freedom on this D-Day anniversary, my hope and prayer is that the heroes who fought and died on our D-Days will be forgotten no longer.

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  5. Dead Pool Guy

    Excellent presentation and to honor our fallen. Well done, Gen. Satterfield. We need more articles like the one you’ve written for us today.

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      1. Dennis Mathes

        Yep, and here is a good Twitter feed on WW2 (if you can stand Twitter since it’s a sewer normally).

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  6. Army Vet

    Most don’t know that the men on the southern front of the European theater had five D-Days: their amphibious landings on the shores of French Morocco (Nov. 8, 1942); Sicily (July 9, 1943); Salerno, Italy (Sept. 3, 1943); Anzio, Italy (Jan. 22, 1944); and southern France (Aug. 15, 1944). Interesting!

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    1. Harry Man

      Right Army Vet. D-Day is just military code for the beginning of any offensive operation. If we add all the land-based D-Days for major battles in the European and Pacific theaters during World War II, there are over 60. If we add in the hundreds of other battles with D-Days, there are well over 1,000 — each requiring precise planning, technical and operational support, air and artillery support, and amazing sacrifice and suffering by the front-line troops for success. Yet most have been relegated to the dustbins of history and forgotten by almost all Americans.

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  7. Willie Strumburger

    Excellent article on one of the most famous events in human history.

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  8. Georgie B.

    Thanks Gen. Satterfield. Loved your article. Yes, I will also be honoring those who fought and those who died there. What you wrote is wonderful.

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  9. Karl J.

    Well said, Gen. Satterfield and thanks for what you are doing to help keep their memories alive. if we do not make a concerted effort to learn more and talk more about WW2 and those events that made it up, we will lose much as a civilization.

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    1. Tom Bushmaster

      Well said, Karl. I have a neighbor who will be 100 years old next week who was at D-Day (in the 3rd wave to hit the beaches). My task is to keep him company and listen intently to his stories. I am the one who is grateful for he and his buddies did on D-Day, 78 years. ago.✔

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      1. 76 Wife

        Spend your time well, Tom. This is an opportunity that will never be repeated. And then there are those who denigrate our veterans with insults and violence. If only they knew their freedom to be stupid depends entirely on those they hate.

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        1. Nick Lighthouse

          Yeah, 76, they’re just too stupid to know. When you have peace, stupidity (easy ways to do things) is acceptable.

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  10. ZB22

    D-Day, one thing we can all do to insure we honor their legacy is to read more about them, learn what really happened on the beaches, in the skies, and on the seas during the War, the most destructive event in world history.

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  11. Army Captain

    Nicely written, thanks Gen. Satterfield for honoring our WWII veterans.

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    1. Janna Faulkner

      As we all should do. Perhaps in our own way we can honor them by knowing what they did that day, and the months that followed, that they are heroes to be truly appreciated.

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      1. Boy Sue

        The WWII vets are now just about gone. I a couple of years they all will be gone. If you know a WWII vet, speak with him now for forever regret your failure.

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