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oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 4:55 AM

65TH ANNIVERSARY

Just a note to remind you that it's the 65th Anniversary of D-Day. I'll be thinking of my dad & all the brave men who played their part in making the World a better place.

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 4:56 AM

And women, sorry ladies

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.9 - Posts: 2770)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 5:31 AM

Indeed.
And please remind Sarkozy that the Brits were there too!

alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.7 - Posts: 7570)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 6:02 AM

Yes, many brave soldiers [ from ALL the countries making up the Allied Forces] sacrificed their lives on the Normandy beaches that day 65 years ago.

President Obama will help pay tribute today. The Queen should have been invited also.
http://news.uk.msn.com/world/article.aspx?cp-documentid=147798282

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 21603)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 6:21 AM

Yes, Alan the Queen drove a truck during that War, but France seems to have forgotten. I am remembering and honoring all of those who fought for us- Linda

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 7:07 AM

Yes, a time to reflect and to revere those who sacrificed for a better world.

One of the saddest moments of my life was walking into the cemetery at Omaha Beach.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 7:50 AM

The serendipity of my life was being there at the 50th anniversary. What an amazing day. Was anyone else there? I saw the Queen, Princess Diana, President Clinton, the USS George Washington, and flyovers by every major air force on earth.

I was there on tour with the Irving Chorale and had no idea we were going to get to be a part of the crowd at the commemoration.

bigmama60
Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 9:00 AM

D-day is a sad to me since my day fought in WWII and the Korean War, my brother fought in Vietnam, one son was a medic in Operation Desert Storm and my 2nd son is currently in Afghanistan. So I'm emotional now.. There is nothing more barbarous to me than war.

Surreyman
The Russians were not mentioned either. My brother and oldest son were affected in emotional ways from their time spent serving our country. I guess you can say I am too, while my dad is very proud to have served his country. I'll give the old man he'll lift my spirits.

Janice
Did you see dummy paratrooper in honor of Private John Steel whose parachute got caught hanging off the church tower as he hung helplessly during the D-Day invasion?


jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 9:14 AM

No - I didn't!

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 9:57 AM

What a classy, eloquent speech by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. I've never heard better.

I am embarrassed by the crowd though.

For Canadian and British leaders, there is very appropriate and solemn applause. For President Obama, there are yells amongst the applause like at a rock concert. This holy place where so many gave their lives is not the appropriate place for such reaction.

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.4 - Posts: 5491)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 10:06 AM

My dad was there and watched things unfold from the ship he was on...So, in his memory I proudly say THANK YOU...to all who served and are serving now...On another sad note it was 4 years ago today that my mom passed away also...Lord, but I miss them....
Vickie

bigmama60
Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 10:36 AM



Janice

I can't believe you said..."For Canadian and British leaders, there is very appropriate and solemn applause. For President Obama, there are yells amongst the applause like at a rock concert. This holy place where so many gave their lives is not the appropriate place for such reaction."
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How dare you! Yes, it's is a solemn day for many people whether they lost loves or not, I for one, am just as proud of the First American President as many other and I take great umbrage at your degradation of your President as a rock star. Rejoicing is also a a sign of holiness or have your forgotten? Besides that, who are your to say how people should express their emotions? After all this is not the Dark Ages.

bigmama60
Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 10:38 AM

Janice
I assume you know I meant to say First African American President.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5884)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 10:40 AM

My flag is proudly flying.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 10:41 AM

I specifically said the crowd degraded the President, treating him as a rock star. This day is NOT about him. It's about 10s of thousands of soldiers who lost their lives on that beach. It is about their sacrifice and service. I think any display of yelling and cheering at a cemetary is degrading to the subject of those cheers.

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 10:45 AM

Oh for crying out loud you two, lol.

I think us younger folks tend to forget sometimes about the sacrifices that were made, so thank you for bringing it to mind.

bigmama60
Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 10:48 AM

Janice
One more thing, yells amongst the applause could been a release of the demons. One demonic thing I for sure will say occurred on this tread is your demoralizing comment. Are you trying to bait others into bashing the President of our country after that beautiful speech he gave in Cairo. Just like Hilter needed to be crushed so do radical extremist.

bigmama60
Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 10:55 AM

So their yelling and screaming indicates it's about the President. How do you know that? What I find derogatory is your even turning this into shouting match about the President of the United States of America. Many people are hurting today and now you want to add salt to their wounds.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 11:04 AM

The only yelling and cheering at the ceremony were when they introduced him in the beginning of the ceremony and when they introduced him to begin his speech.

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.9 - Posts: 2770)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 11:07 AM

Bigmama: I don't think the Russians were at D-Day ....................

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 11:12 AM

Mean Ramon was in service in the Navy at that time, but his fleet did not participate.

Thanks for your thoughtful post, Randy. Sorry that it got hijacked but this relentless need for some to piss on every post.

luvnmexsun
Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 11:18 AM

My dad was there, one of the lucky ones that survived that beach landing, then on to Po. The group of veterans that were there and still alive is dwindling (the group living here is honored every year in a ceremony). My dad is 90 this year, in his early 20s then. Oh yes, I am enormously proud of him. He is a wonderful, humble man.

He gets embarrassed by the attention. He "just did what he had to do" and feels his luck of surviving when most of his fellows did not is reward enough. He spent almost a year in France after that before coming home.

He refused to even talk about his experience until the last several years. Interesting to me is his complete respect for the people of France. He was there...why do most Americans insist on French-bashing? He maintained correspondence with his English and French buddies until they passed away.

I love and honor my dad and salute all those that sacrificed so much...no matter what country they were born in.

Sun

bigmama60
Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 11:49 AM

surreyman
Russians came in from the other side

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.9 - Posts: 2770)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 12:10 PM

Er ... I know!
And the Fijians and Tongans were fighting elsewhere too.
But nowt to do with D-Day forces, which is what we're discussing.

bigmama60
Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 12:31 PM

Surreyman
I suppose i just wanted to give credit to every who were participated in WW11

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 1:40 PM

God bless your wonderful father, Sun;

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 118.4 - Posts: 1745)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 6:11 PM

Why are we fightiing over a D-day remembrance for soldiers who died at Omaha beach. By the way best movie I saw about it, besides "The Longest Day" was "Saving Private Ryan". Anyway I thank all those brave soldiers who fought so we could be free.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 6th Jun '09 7:48 PM

Thanks to all who destroyed the Nazis. We all owe them so much.
My people were farmers, and stayed home, as were needed there. Farms then were small and family run.
Interestingly, my grandmother spoke nothing but german until WWI, when it was outlawed in schools.
She hated the Nazis, BTW.

jeannette
Jeannette  (Level: 111.1 - Posts: 1736)
Sun, 7th Jun '09 12:02 PM

i thank all those who fought for us so we could be free and still are.my farther was a dispatch rider ,watching the veterans on tv seeing the pride and great sorrow they felt for lost comrades made me proud and cry at the same time.god bless them all


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