Friday, June 6, 2014

D-Day At 70 Years

Seventy years ago today Allied forces followed the blue lines on the map above as they assaulted the cliffs of Normandy and the Nazi occupation of Europe. The United States Army has remembered the day with a comprehensive review of the events and personalities. PowerLine's history and culture geek, Scott Johnson, has posted a notable summary with his usual fine commentary and a host of interesting links.

I think Johnson's post is so important because he emphasizes three critical aspects of the invasion. First, it was the defining event of World War II in Europe. Second, it had to result in total victory. Third, there was no assurance of victory. Reading General Dwight Eisenhower's words prepared in case the invasion failed is a chilling reminder of how close the Allied beacon of freedom came to being snuffed out by evil.

Let's hope we never forget the price of victory or the necessity for constant vigilance.

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Colleville-sur-Mer, France 

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