(Note: This is a re-posting and slight editing of a post I put up every D-Day.)
Sixty-nine years ago today, American, British, Canadian, French, and Polish soldiers charged the gates of Hell — and won:
Black Five put up an excellent roundup of D-Day posts from many blogs a few years ago. It’s still worth reviewing. And have a look at this entry for a photo essay on D-Day.
Photo courtesy of Confederate Yankee.
RELATED: The Daily Mail tells the story of one Medal of Honor winner who still wonders how he survived Normandy.
UPDATE: In today’s newsletter, Real Clear Politics quotes the prayer FDR read when announcing the invasion to the nation:
“Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity,” the president said while the outcome of the battle was still in doubt.
“They will need Thy blessings,” FDR continued. “Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph…”
Imagine a president saying something like that nowadays; the Left would have a fit.
UPDATE 06/06/2012: Obama’s apologists like to compare him to significant presidents of the past, including FDR. Well, here’s another comparison for you: check the President’s schedule for today. See any mention of any commemoration of D-Day — or anything at all to do with one of the most significant moments in our nation’s history? Neither do I. Must be an oversight.
UPDATE 06/06/2013: This is a real president commemorating D-Day:
(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)