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It’s VJ Day…

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Admit it — you had forgotten about Victory over Japan Day,  hadn’t you?     It’s not too late to say a prayer for the valiant forces who made  the victory  https://nationaltoday.com/vj-day/possible.   And it’s not too soon to contemplate what a fine ally our former enemy has become.   Japan remains the only country to pay off its debt to the U.S. from the war.

 

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September 2, 2019 at 3:58 pm

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2019 D-Day, Part VII…

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Here is  a reprint of an August 1944 article in Popular Mechanics explaining how D-Day was planned.   It is well worth your time to gain an understanding of how  complicated  planning a war was.   It still is.    All that toxic masculinity  saved the world,  which should be much more grateful for the Greatest Generation.

Most journalists were surprised to find that many of the veterans of that historic  battle support  Pres. Trump.   One of the British vets  even flirted with our First Lady,  who smiled graciously at his audacious charm.

Some French villages still honor Americans.   That includes the only church in  Sainte-Mere-Eglise,  the first village liberated by the Allies.  One must not underestimate  the power  of memory.   I am somewhat surprised that Congresswoman Speier was moved by any of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 25, 2019 at 2:43 pm

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2019 D-Day, Part VI…

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Pres. Trump delivered an  uplifting speech  for the occasion,  paying homage to the  thousands of  brave young men who volunteered their lives to protect freedom.  You know it had to be a truly first-rate speech for CNN’s  Jim Acosta and MSNBC  to praise  it.   The Allied  weather forecasters  saved D-Day from disaster,  and many young men  like Andy  Andrews.   This  is what some of the landing prep looked like.

The attending D-Day  veterans were  the rock stars.  One of them,  Alvin Perry,  was awarded  the French Legion of Honor medal.  If our military had been given  such clear  objectives in wars since them, our victories would have been swifter and more visible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 23, 2019 at 2:52 pm

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2019 D-Day, Part V…

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This photo  identifies most of the world leaders at the celebrations.   A bunch of U.S. Congressman  also attended,  but they didn’t get the amount of coverage Speaker Pelosi no doubt desired.   They no doubt thought Pres. Trump got too much  for reading  FDR’s prayer.

Then there is a  charming clip  of a British veteran who didn’t realize he was on live BBC TV.   Renowned musician Kenny Bierschenk performed Taps at the ceremony on a trumpet  which survived  the Normandy landing.

There  are stories  of the men who also survived that incredible day.   We should  all celebrate  the events and the men and their stories.   Read this to get an idea of  how enormous  the undertaking was,  and this to grasp why  American exceptionalism  was in large part responsible for the Allied victory.  That implies no disrespect for the other Allied forces.

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June 20, 2019 at 2:35 pm

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2019 D-Day, Part III…

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Sergeant John Jenkins spoke and got a standing ovation  from world leaders and attendees.   These photos  provide a glimpse into the longest day.

The five beaches are quiet now,  but the chaos and pain and blood they witnessed 75 years ago  lingers on  faintly for those who listen.

If you don’t what the brass clicker was,  you didn’t listen to John Wayne in the 1962 movie,  The  Longest Day,  where he discussed the significance of the signaling device used by troops of the American 101st Airborne Division for their first 24 hours in Nazi-occupied France.   You can catch up here.

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June 15, 2019 at 3:13 pm

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2019 D-Day, Part II…

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The world  press predicted  Trump would be rude,  unpresidential,  and sunder apart the Obama alliance with Europe  — altogether an unmitigated disaster.   After delivering an extraordinary rant at a protest march against Trump,  Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn seemed a bit uncomfortable at finding  himself seated  behind Trump,

 

No one  expected him  to read the prayer,  originally delivered on D-Day by then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Thirty Dakotas from nine different countries flew in formation to recreate the  historic journeys  the planes made to drop Allied troops to reclaim France.   Veterans from Britain and the U.S. were  welcomed warmly,   as they should have been.  Most of them were mere lads when they went to war,  and they are now very old men,  few of whom will be able to attend another of these ceremonies.

If you’re interested in how the  Germans felt  on that momentous occasion,  there is a new book out which may offer some interesting insights.   The link includes some archival footage as well.

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June 12, 2019 at 3:29 pm

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Pearl Harbor, 2018…

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For the first time,  the  Pearl Harbor ceremony  was missing the last five  USS Arizona survivors.  It’s perfectly understandable  —  they are all in their 90’s and travel is extremely difficult for them.  Even a private Lear jet doesn’t shorten the distance to Hawaii,  though it certainly shortens the time and increases the comfort.

Progressives have not yet found a way to make  December 7th a day that  will live in infamy all our fault, but rest assured they are working on that diligently.  Remember that Bush 41 was a naval aviator and lived through the horrors of that war.  If you have school-aged children,  you might want them to read this,  as they probably know very little about this part of history,  or any others, come to think of it.

Here are  some historical photographs of the event,  or try  the Navy’s own action reports.

UPDATE:  Jacqueline Ashwell,  superintendent of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument,  aid the world may be losing World War II veterans every year — but the United States will  never forget  their sacrifice.

 

 

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December 8, 2018 at 1:07 am

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