“You are about to embark upon the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle.” -General Dwight D. Eisenhower
General Eisenhower spoke these words to American troops 70 years ago today. On June 6th, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France to fight against Nazi Germany. Eisenhower also said they will accept nothing less than a victory and a victory was sure delivered.
More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircrafts were involved and by the end, the Allies had a foot-hold in Continental Europe. However, more than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded. More than 100,000 soldiers fought to defeat Adolf Hitler and his troops. Together, these soldiers made up a group of men that will never be forgotten for their bravery, courage, and devotion to ending World War II.
365 days a year I am proud to be an American, proud to support the troops and veterans, and proud to live in this great land. One of the reason I love country music so much is because, country music and the artists resemble the true American spirit. They sing about the red, white, and blue and living in America. However, there is one song that will always remain my favorite. “Home” by Dierks Bentley tells the story of America and the battles and scares she carries, but yet, it is the place many people call home.
So, on this 70th anniversary of D-Day, take time to remember all the brave men and their sacrifices and courage as they fought for the place they called home.