June 06, 2009

D-Day 65th Anniversary

BlackFive has an enormous D-Day blogburst roundup, with tons of great links.

Ben DeGrow has excerpts from General Dwight D. Eisenhower's D-Day charge and President Ronald Reagan's 40th anniversary commemoration.

President Barack Obama noted the passing of one Normandy veteran on the eve of the 65th anniversary of D-Day (h/t Mary):
Obama saluted the contributions of individual veterans of the Normandy landings, including one veteran, Jim Norene, who fought as a member of the 101st Airborne Division.

"Last night, after visiting this cemetery for one last time, he passed away in his sleep," the president said. "Jim was gravely ill when he left his home, and he knew that he might not return. But just as he did 65 years ago, he came anyway. May he now rest in peace with the boys he once bled with, and may his family always find solace in the heroism he showed here.
Hot Air commemorates the soldiers:
Usually we celebrate the great leaders when we reflect on World War II, but the anniversary of D-Day is a day to reflect on the heroes who clawed their way onto and off of the beaches in the face of withering fire, overwhelmed a truly evil regime, and set the stage for its destruction.
The Denver Post profiles an Army Diver and D-Day veteran.

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