On this 69th anniversary of D-Day, the June 6, 1944 invasion at Normandy, Red Nation Rising and the Constitutional Freedom Party would like to honor the Allied ground troops (American, British, Canadian, Australian) and Allied naval and merchant navy personnel that changed the world and helped to bring down a dictator responsible for the deaths of millions.
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According to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation website, the allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. More than 5,000 ships and 11,000 aircraft supported the invasion, and by end of day, the Allies gained a foot-hold in France. The D-Day cost was high with more than 9,000 Allied soldiers killed or wounded as the march across Europe to defeat Hitler and end WWII began.
The heavily-coordinated and multi-national Normandy invasion was conducted in two phases. The airborne assault involved landing of British, American and Canadian troops shortly after midnight. The amphibious landing was Allied infantry and armored divisions around 6:30 a.m. along a 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, June and Sword. Inclement weather provided much-needed cover and a comprehensive deception plan and decoy missions distracted the Germans’ attention away from possible landings in Normandy.
Just prior to the invasion, General Eisenhower transmitted his now historic message to all members of the Allied Expeditionary Force, wherein he said, in part:
“The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.”
He concluded with: “I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory! Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”
Review a great chronology of the Invasion events, famous speeches and pictures.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Prayer to the United States
Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a might endeavor.
A struggle to preserve our republic, our religion and our civilization and to set free a suffering humanity.
They will be sore tried by night and by day without rest until the victory is won.
Some will never return.
Embrace these Father and receive them, Thy heroic servants into Thy Kingdom.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Broadcast to the Nation
June 6, 1944
The National D-Day Memorial will pay tribute to those soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in Normandy 69 years ago at 11:00 a.m. today, June 6, 2013.
The National D-Day Memorial is located in Bedford, Virginia, the town suffering the highest per capita D-Day losses in the nation. The National D-Day Memorial honors the Allied forces that participated in the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 during World War II. With its stylized English Garden, haunting invasion tableau, and striking Victory Plaza, the Memorial stands as a powerful permanent tribute to the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of D-Day participants.
#RedNationRising and the Constitutional Freedom Party salute the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization supported solely by contributions.
RedNationRising and Constitutional Freedom Party Honor the #GreatestGeneration
Members of the #RedNationRising and Constitutional Freedom Party families are encouraged to tweet names of family members and friends that served at Normandy on D-Day they would like recognized in our joint blog:
We will update both blogs throughout the day.
Sullivan Brothers – @SolDanielle
Billy Howard Gardner, 2nd wave “Operation OverLord” – @Chance242
James Moell – @JmBlck
Jack Moell – @JmBlck
Clyde Choate, Medal Of Honor – @Junebug1952
William Stroud, Medic – @kevintobey
Bill Price (story here) – TinLizzieOwner – TheRightScoop.com commentator
George McConnell, U.S. Navy – @winthrop_ann
Joe Swanson – fenneca – TheRightScoop.com commentator
Robert Earl Zimmerman – @IrishRebel67
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