UPDATE (6/7/2013): I’m recycling this post from 2012 because nothing’s changed. Once again, Obama failed to mark the 69th anniversary of D-Day with either a speech or a written proclamation. Instead, he flew to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he held two fundraisers with fat-cat donors in Palo Alto and Portola Valley.
UPDATE (6.6.12): I’m recycling this post from 2010 because nothing’s changed. Today, once again, Obama failed to mark the 68th anniversary of D-Day with either a speech or a written proclamation. Instead, he’s on his way to San Francisco, where he will hold two fundraisers before moving on to Beverly Hills to stage two more.
UPDATE (6.6.11): I’m recycling this post from last year because nothing’s changed. Once again, Obama had forgotten that today is the anniversary of D-Day!
Yesterday was June 6.
The operation was the largest amphibious invasion of all time, with over 160,000 troops landing along a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.
The Allied casualties figures for D-Day have generally been estimated at 10,000, including 2,500 dead. Broken down by nationality, the usual D-Day casualty figures are approximately 2700 British, 946 Canadians, and 6603 Americans. However recent painstaking research by the US National D-Day Memorial Foundation has achieved a more accurate – and much higher – figure for the Allied personnel who were killed on D-Day. They have recorded the names of individual Allied personnel killed on 6 June 1944 in Operation Overlord, and so far they have verified 2499 American D-Day fatalities and 1915 from the other Allied nations, a total of 4414 dead (much higher than the traditional figure of 2500 dead). Further research may mean that these numbers will increase slightly in future. [Source]
The Normandy invasion began on June 4 and ended in mid-July, 1944, with a decisive Allied victory. It marked the beginning of the end of Nazi Germany and the European theater of WWII. Were it not for all those brave men, so many of whom sacrificed their very lives, we’d all be living under the yoke of the Third Reich.
As a veteran and a naturalized American, respectively, we are sad, we are angry, and we weep for the forgotten heroes and for America.
~Tom in NC and Eowyn