While making the rounds of the blogroll, http://mostlycajun.com has reminded me of two monumental events in history that today is the anniversary of:
1942 – World War II: Battle of Midway. U.S. Navy dive bombers sink the Japanese cruiser Mikuma and four Japanese carriers, the Kaga, Akagi, Hiryu and Soryu. The Japanese don’t give up yet, but the Imperial Japanese Navy is done for. Snipe comments: This was the turning point of the War in the Pacific. This is also why a US Sailor can pretty much get free drinks all over Australia. They remember and they aren’t even American. All sailors learn the importance of this battle from boot camp onward. If not for this battle, Australia was on the Japs list of coming attractions.
1944 – World War II: Battle of Normandy begins. D-Day, code named Operation Overlord, commences with the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The Allied soldiers quickly break through the Atlantic Wall and push inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history. Watch the opening scenes of “Saving Private Ryan”.
I have admitted in many previous posts that I have the utmost respect and awe for, “…those who have gone before me, to defend freedom and democracy around the world.”
The men who participated in the above battles, from all services, are the reason I could choose which branch of service to join. They are the reason I can hillbilly it up right now, which amounts to drinking beer and watching the CMT Music Awards on TV.
Now for what tears it. We receive a monthly calendar from our apartment complex that highlights “important” or noteworthy dates in history. There is no mention of D-Day. It talks about The Globe in England, the original Stars and Stripes, a roller coaster in Coney Island, Ford’s first auto, and a bunch of other historical shenanigans and drivel, i.e the founding of CNN. I guess the moonbats running this place don’t want us to remember the sound trouncing thier ideas took in the ’40s.
Today marks the anniversary of one of the most well known battles in history. If you are an American, it is your duty to remember. That is all. Fall out, and carry out the plan of the day.