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The crusade of liberation

June 2, 2013
Mary Burns Deas , The OBSERVER

"We must go unless there is a real and very serious deterioration in the weather" are words that echo down the corridors of time from nearly 70 years ago as of tomorrow, June 3. More poignant from June 6, "You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world." These words are of course from General Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1944, when the Allied Forces planned and executed the invasion across the English Channel to the beaches of Normandy in northern France to liberate Europe and defeat Nazi Germany during World War II. Commonly known as D-Day and a turning point in the war, but with great loss and suffering, it is an anniversary date that should not be forgotten by the every-day American citizen. It is certainly not forgotten by the families who personally had a relative storm one of the beaches.

 
 

 

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