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Lest We Forget D Day 63 years ago

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by dhwbailey, Jun 6, 2007.

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  1. dhwbailey

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    Lest we forget. The biggest Allied effort that led to the end of WW II. 63 years ago today.
     
  2. jimx200

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    When I see photos of the Allied invasion, it just makes me proud to be an American. Young guys headed for the Nazi's guns and many not making it home. How the hell could we ever thank them enough for changing the course of world history. My daughter was in France 2 years ago (she speaks/writes/reads French) and brought back a film camera container of sand from Normandy Beach for me. The photos of all the white cross'es over the graves of our soldiers (and the Aussies, Canadiens, NZ's, others) is very humbling. God, how I wish we had an Eisenhower to lead us today.
     
  3. mobear

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    I think every french person who bad mouths the USA should be made to go normandy, and spend the day walking the cemetaries, and see how many of our brave men, and men from other countries are buried on their soil, and died there, and their sole purpose of being there was for liberating a country, and freeing people from opression, and then let them try to complain about how the USA handles foreign policy.

    Dan
     
  4. dhwbailey

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    Actually, the French are very thankful for the efforts of the Allies.

    They keep the cemeteries pristine and well kept. At least they do the Canadian ones.

    Doug The Canuck
     
  5. Roger IL

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    To those who gave all and to thoes who made it back, SALUTE!!!!!!!!..Roger
     
  6. revsublime

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    Yeah...there seems to be a huge misconception of the French attitude towards Americans. I've seen numerous shows and talked with a few people from france. They remember well what sacrifices were made for them.

    Too bad we let politics guide our feelings towards them.

    Freedom Fries? good lord...how sad.
     
  7. steele

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    My dad joined the Navy when he was 15. He lied about his age so he could join so his older brother, who was married, did not have to go. Dad turned 16 in October & was on Omaha beach 8 months later with the amphibious assault. This is why may Dad is my greatest hero. I couldn't try to comprehend being 16+ & being there, doing what had to be done. It took a long while for me to figure out why Dad would leave the room when certain war movies were on tv. I asked him about going to see "Saving Private Ryan" & he said "I don't need to see it, I was there."
     
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    God Bless You All ...
     
  9. ANTRIM UDF

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    With all the information available, why do we just hear how the French hate us? Glad you reminded us of all the young lives that sacrificed this day 63 yrs ago. They preserved our Nation and brought back the world to some form of sanity. Can`t imagine the majority of the world being run by Hiler/Nazis. Thanks to any Veteran for their sacrifice-combat or peace time.
     
  10. jimx200

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    Actually, the French hating us is not true. While the French government may not like/agree with US policy, the French people have been very generous and respectful to me and my family. Witness the fact they just elected a Conservative leader for the first time in 50 years. They realize they have a huge problem with fanatical Muslem's and their socialistic government is in trouble with high unemployment.
     
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    Actually, the French hating us is not true. While the French government may not like/agree with US policy, the French people have been very generous and respectful to me and my family. Witness the fact they just elected a Conservative leader for the first time in 50 years. They realize they have a huge problem with fanatical Muslem's and their socialistic government is in trouble with high unemployment.
     
  12. Jennifer

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    Great thread, thank you dhwbailey. A good day to watch Saving Private Ryan.

    I was pretty down on the French until recently when we struck up a friendship with a French guy named Serge through an eBay transaction. We sold him a WWII collectible (in his words, he is "big collector of the GI") and through using a French translation website on the internet we began to trade emails. Turns out his dad was part of the D-Day invasion force and his wife's father was an active part of the French resistance movement. They are pro-American patriots who actively participate in WWII re-enactments and they especially relish any time spent with American WWII veterans with whom they meet. They proudly told me that they voted for the new conservative French president. I've even bought a French language program to learn the language and it would have been the last language I'd ever want to learn until meeting these nice people. Serge told me that when he dies he wants his ashes spread on Omaha Beach out of respect for the huge sacrifice that took place there. Good people.

    Jennifer
     
  13. revsublime

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    I blame FauxNews and their stupid "boycott France" agenda they started because France had the balls to say...No! This war is a bad idea.

    Guess they were right.
     
  14. cleboje

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    Muzzleblast

    I read your post and realized why I got a lump in my throat...I know how you feel...you see, my dad, who was a member of the greatest generation, is gone to now, but he was my hero too.

    God Bless

    Joe
     
  15. Jennifer

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    revsublime, they may or may not have been right for saying no, but I believe they said no for a reason other than morality, i.e. they had been doing business with Saddam and wanted to continue to do business with Saddam and regime change would put a hitch in their financial gitalong.
     
  16. revsublime

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    They may have been doing business with France. It doesnt really matter to me. Saddam was impotent and had no real power. Sadly, France was one of the major countries that saw thru the illusion that our goverment put up. And that makes them a problem? As it stands now...we have egg on our face and France looks much smarter. WMDs? not! 9-11? Not even close. Al Qaeda? NO...well, not until we invaded.

    Because of the idiots in power, much like Viet Nam, there will be no D-Day Anniversary where we can ALL take a moment and remember those that have fallen in a just and noble cause.

    We owe it to our service men and women to not let them be sent to unjustifiable wars. Our involvement in WW2 was justified and we came out winning. What have we won since then?

    Do we not owe it to soldiers of the past, present and future to ensure they are fighting the right fight, at the right time, for the right reasons?
     
  17. Don Steele

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    To get this back on topic....
    LEST WE FORGET....
    Our gratitude goes out to all those members of "The Greatest Generation" ..men and women..at home and in foreign theaters...
    THANK YOU.
     
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    Luckily, I still have my Dad around. There is nothing better in life. He's my Dad, my best friend, & my hero!!! A true example of the GREATEST GNERATION.
     
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    My family and I went to normandy and paris in may and were suprised that there was a lack of ungrateful french slobs. We met some fantastic people that rememeber D-Day like it was yesterday, they still have a strong distaste for germany and a love for americans (mainly the older couples in the norman countryside)I love the funny feeling I get when I see veterans walking around with there WWII hats and proud faces. It makes me want to be apart of the greatest generation. May all the heroes of D-Day rest in peace knowing they stepped up to the task presented to them. RIP
     
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    Amen to that, anyone who fought in this great undertaking must be honored.
     
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