Remembering D-Day and the Greatest Generation
June 6, 2019, marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day. June 6, 1944, was the beginning of the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control during World War II. Allied powers crossed the English Channel in an operation titled “Operation Overlord” as they landed on five different beaches of Normandy, France. The term, D-Day, was a military definition of the start date when a specific operation would take place. This way, the actual date was protected from being picked up by wartime spies. The Allied troops, comprised of 155,000 American, British, and Canadian troops successfully fooled the Nazis as they stormed Normandy’s beaches. Casualties were massive, but this invasion was the turning point of World War II and the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany, as the Allies were poised to continue their march across Europe. This poem commemorates this moment in history and honors “The Greatest Generation.”
A Generation of Heroes
WWII ... they huddled in a landing craft, coursing toward that cold and rocky shore. Or, dropped from the sky, behind the lines ‘fore dawn, June sixth nineteen fortyfour! Today ... A smile formed, as he blinked a tear, while Old Glory fluttered through. He stood, saluted, an’ gave a cheer for comrade an’ freedom held true. The ol’ gent with the white shock of hair stood tall and proud to salute Old Glory. The symbol of our freedom marched there! And folks ... therein, lies our story. A story of a brave generation. One that would stand to answer the call, to protect the rights of a nation, and to halt, God given freedoms fall. The crowd gathered on the court house square, to honor gallant folks that stood to fight and to stop the tyrant in his lair, thus help the downtrodden masses unite! To the men and women that fought in that fray, fighting for God and Country on foreign shore, sacrificing all, that freedom might stay. We will be grateful forevermore!
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