If you grew up in a household like mine, you knew what D-Day stood for before you knew current events. If it was a war movie, Western, or John Wayne movie, we watched it. This clashed slightly with my mom’s love of cheesy sci-fi movies such as Godzilla and The Day the Earth Stood Still (the original not the pathetic remake of which I shall say no more).
But why is D-Day still important today? Why should we remember one beach landing in a war filled with deadly beach landings? Because it truly was the beginning of the end of World War II. It marked Nazi Germany’s days and it showed that the winners were no longer the conquers but would help rebuild instead.
So today, on the 68th anniversary of D-Day (which only means Day-Day for some bizarre military reason) let’s remember those who fought and died, those who survived, those who made it happen, and those who supported it on the homefront-be in America, Canada, England, Australia, France, or anywhere else.
For more information try the US Army site and the National D-Day Memorial. About a decade ago I saw the D-Day Museum in New Orleans, and it was a fascinating walk-thru of all that happened. If you can, donate $5 to help expand both the museum itself and the educational program.