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It's been what... 64 years ago, today? This is one of the major day's of rememberance for me. I listened to President FDR's moving prayer... in his address to the nation today, on my way to work. I listen to the Bill Bennett "Morning in America" show daily on my commute.

I have to confess... this is the first time I have ever heard that prayer in it's entirety.

I was definitely moved by it. The somberness, the humbleness, the leadership spoken from a wheel chair bound politician. I am not a fan of all of FDR's domestic policies, when I studied him... but, I must say, I heard something in his voice... in his words... that is not present today.

It is a shame that this prayer is not heard in schools. I surely did not hear it growing up as a child...

Anyway, I observed a moment of silence today, to remember my fallen Brothers... the MEN that gave their lives not for the cause of conquest, but for the cause of STOPPING conquest.

We have valor today, the same as every generation has had it. That is what makes me very proud to be an American. The men and women I serve with, have served with, will serve with... My leadership that I have had the honor to serve under in the past, and myself as a leader today.

Rest In Peace Rangers, Marines, Soldiers, and Airmen... your legacy is still alive today.

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The most somber moment of my career was standing at the water line at looking back on the bunkers. I thought holy shit this took real courage.
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The longest day!

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In '89 I got to make the jump in for the 45th anniversary. Many of the veterans were still going over. Standing there at the cemetery just back from the beach was amazing. The rows of crosses go on forever.

Every time I meet a WWII veteran I always thank him for his service and tell him that I think they saved the world and that they are all heroes. To a single person, they all reply...Nope, we just did our jobs. The heroes are the ones who didn't come back.

Without these guys (and women), we'd all be speaking German or Japanese today. We have been blessed.

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GSXR,
Thank you for posting.

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At work this morning, I asked my Supervisor the signifigance of June 6th........He had no fucking clue!!!!!! That really pissed me off :evil: :evil:

Then when I finished our morning sefety call, I asked everyone to remember those that sacraficed so much and protected our freedom, you should have seen some of the fuckers faces!!! They had no clue and acted like I was asking them the impossible. God did that piss me off!! :x :evil: :x :evil:

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Here's a few that remembered about today, mostly because they were there.....

Vets gather at WWII museum to remember

NEW ORLEANS - Guy Gunter couldn't forget June 6, 1944 if he had to. At 1 a.m. that day, Gunter was piloting a glider carrying 15 soldiers in the Normandy invasion, which turned the tide of World War II in Europe and eventually forced the surrender of Germany less than a year later.

Now 90 and the owner of an appliance company in Atlanta, Gunter's glider was towed in by airplane and released over the German lines where it came to earth inside France.

"It was the most important day for everybody who was alive that day," Gunter said during an observance of the 64th anniversary of D-Day Friday at the National World War II Museum. "They knew we were coming, but they didn't know when and where."

Former service personnel, history buffs and the public gathered at the museum to remember the day in which more than 160,000 Allied troops and 30,000 vehicles landed along a 50-mile stretch of fortified French coastline and begin fighting on the beach in an attempt to regain France from Nazi control.

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I found this set of photos on Flikr. A super collection of Normandy then and now.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/16833954@N ... 224554309/
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June 6 - Approximately 156,000 Allies landed, by June 11 there were 325,000 and by the end of June over 1,000,000.

D-Day Allied casualties approximately 10,000 including 2,500 KIA. German casualties estimated at 4,000 to 9,000.

For the Airborne Assault, it took 2,400 aircraft and 867 gliders.

Then again, there was Gettysburg. Over 50,000 American casualties.
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Someday, somehow, I WILL venture to those sacred grounds and pay my respect to those that lead the way. I to want to stand at the water line, turn, and see what brave men before me faced.

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