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A D-Day tribute

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  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    Since tomorrow is the 70th anniversary of the Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy, I put down a few thoughts "on paper" yesterday:

    http://tohell-andback.blogspot.com/2014/06/a-d-day-tribute.html

    This story incorporates an ad produced by a grocery store chain (Food City) that brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it.
  • Center Left
    Independent
    Central, FL
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    Wow,
    The video was very good. I had my wife watch it as well. I would sure shop there. Good piece.
    D Day is my son's 30th birthday. That is this current D day.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    There are 1.7 million WWII vets still alive, that's the number that surprised me.

    They are dying off fast, and I'm glad the WWII memorial in Wash DC was built in time, so some of them could see it.

    We can never thank them enough.

    The word HERO is used far too often but those men on D-Day were real heros.

    Those guys literally saved the world.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    jamesn Wrote: There are 1.7 million WWII vets still alive, that's the number that surprised me.

    They are dying off fast, and I'm glad the WWII memorial in Wash DC was built in time, so some of them could see it.

    We can never thank them enough.

    The word HERO is used far too often but those men on D-Day were real heros.

    Those guys literally saved the world.
    As a reflection sure I still see the Germans fleeing and dig ditches to hide themselves; but my big question is reflections and praise does not help us to realise what we have done since that time; swipe that quickly under the carpet; we have not learned much from it.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Today is the anniversery of the most important day of the 20th century, in my opinion.

    Anyone think there was a more important day than June 6 1944?

    Moon landing? VJ Day? 11-11-11? Dec 7 1941? JFK assassination?

    All important and significant, but June 6th is the most important.

    Dutch I think we learned a lot from WWII, but have forgotten much of it. How many young people even know what D-Day was? Not many. Most are more worried about what the Kardashian whores are doing or who won Dancing with the Idiots.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Although I am only the second generation of my family born in this country, my family has served this country well, my one grandfather fought with Gen. MacAruthur in the South Pacific theatre, my father and his brothers fought in the European campaigns and their younger brother fought in Korea, I fought in Viet Nam and my one son was in the Gulf War, so veterans are rather special in my family and those Veterans of WWII were of a special breed, and thank God for that, and with my bad knee, I would have had a hard time goose stepping down the street. God bless all of our veterans.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    jamesn Wrote: Today is the anniversery of the most important day of the 20th century, in my opinion.

    Anyone think there was a more important day than June 6 1944?

    Moon landing? VJ Day? 11-11-11? Dec 7 1941? JFK assassination?

    All important and significant, but June 6th is the most important.

    Dutch I think we learned a lot from WWII, but have forgotten much of it. How many young people even know what D-Day was? Not many. Most are more worried about what the Kardashian whores are doing or who won Dancing with the Idiots.
    Yes; most kids nowadays only may be knew the Germans were involved, but have not been taught about Nazi-ism and what that actually was.
    Sorry to say, some things in this country sometimes lean in that direction; like dictatorship of people like the Koch brothers, which is very dangerous indeed. North Korea is just about as bad, but in a different way. So lets hope Nazi-ism will never stick up its ugly head again.
  • Independent
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    one is intrigued by the triumphalism surrounding ww2. "we" didn't defeat the nazis. read bacevich's "breach of trust" where he describes very well the thought processes behind the involvement in the European theatre by the u.s. fdr and his advisors were counting on the soviets to do the dying in Europe. and they did. on a scale an order of magnitude higher than the u.s. did. I may have the dates not quite right but basically between 1940 and 1945 the soviets lost more dead in one week than the u.s. did in the entire pacific theatre.

    this does not discount the bravery of the u.s. military but it gives some perspective to what the soviets went through. ww2 was the first truly world war. and it is likely the last state-on-state war to be fought unless collapse arrives which is unfortunately very possible.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Yeah, what did WWII actually solve; not much. The only reason that WWIII has not started yet is the deterrent of a "nuclear" holocaust. However the "human animal" instinct will always find ways to work around that and fight still continuous wars on a lesser scale with actually the same results. The total arrogance the US has shown since WWII ( we think we can rule the world and tell it what to do in our favor) is certainly a "lead in" for wars to come; the mess in the middle east etc. is just a start.