D-Day: Remembering The 70th Anniversary Of The Day That Changed History
President Barack Obama joined other dignitaries to mark the 70th anniversary of the historic invasion of the five beaches along Normandy’s coast.
“By the end of that longest day, this beach had been fought, lost, refought and won — a piece of Europe once again liberated and free. Hitler’s Wall was breached, letting loose Patton’s Army to pour into France. Within a week, the world’s bloodiest beach had become the world’s busiest port. Within a month, one million Allied troops thundered through Normandy into Europe,” he said in a speech on June 6.
Former Senator Bob Dole, who was grievously injured fighting in World War II, also paid tribute to those who fought. Writing in a Washington Post editorial the events of that day changed the world, but that the message going forward should be for the US to remain steadfast in its defense of freedom.
“When I talk to veterans and other Americans during my frequent visits to the National World War II Memorial, I hear a refrain that may constitute the most important lesson of the war: Our nation must not become complacent. We cannot rest on the laurels that adorn this and other monuments. We must remain strong and vigilant. May God continue to bless the United States of America,” says Dole, who visits the World War II memorial every weekend to greet fellow veterans.
History would have taken a dramatically different turn if President Eisenhower had decided to listen to the opinions of several weather forecasters and delayed the invasion of Normandy, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph.
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The Telegraph also has a detailed timeline of the events of D-Day.
On the 40th anniversary of D-Day, President Ronald Reagan paid tribute in a memorable speech in which he praised the “Boys of Pointe du Hoc.”
The Defense Department has a page dedicated to stories related to the anniversary of D-Day and the men who fought and died.