May we never forget their sacrifice

On 70th anniversary of D-Day, remember defining moment of Greatest Generation that helped preserve our freedom

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In 1966, French President Charles de Gaulle removed all French troops from NATO’s integrated military command, and called on all non-French NATO troops to leave France.

The story goes that de Gaulle’s edict spurred this pointed response from then-U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk: “Does that include the dead Americans in military cemeteries as well?”

We never should forget the greatest moment of the Greatest Generation.

The Allied invasion on France’s beaches of Normandy – on June 6, 1944 – was the largest seaborne invasion in history. That invasion of German-occupied Western Europe turned the tide of World War II.

Tens of thousands of Americans stormed Omaha and Utah beaches and parachuted into coastal France that Tuesday morning. Many – too many – never returned home.

It was nothing less than a triumph of good over evil. But it also poignantly symbolizes a united sense of purpose seen far too little today.

There’s something empowering and fulfilling about being part of something greater than yourself. Like being an engaged voter. Or being an active participant in your place of worship.

That’s one of the powerful messages imparted by D-Day.

The allies who invaded occupied France that day comprised the will of something much greater than any one of them – to effect change and to reshape a better world.

And it’s our duty on this day, and on every June 6, to thank and honor all of the people who fought on that day in 1944 to preserve freedom, and to end tyranny.

According to a study last month prepared for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, 25 percent of Americans surveyed didn’t even know D-Day occurred during World War II. How sad – especially in today’s climate of the VA scandal, in which veterans are being shamefully dishonored. We must never forget this defining moment that demonstrated the importance of our military in preserving our freedoms.

D-Day hasn’t fully risen to the level of national-holiday recognition of the Fourth of July or Memorial Day, but that doesn’t diminish its profound importance.

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deestafford
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deestafford 06/06/14 - 05:28 am
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As this historical event continues to fade in the past...

As this historical event continues to fade in the past as things more politically correct take its place, we forget how much of a risk this operation was. We tend to think it was destined to succeed from the beginning when in reality it had just a small chance of being successful.

No matter how un-religious the left tries to wish the world to be, the success of this invasion shows me that the Lord is on the side of the good. Without God being on our side from the beginning of the planning stage to the ending Operation Overlord the glorious victory would never have been.

Please go to YouTube and watch President Reagan's speech at Pont du Hoc to see a true American recognize the heroism it took.

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jimmymac 06/06/14 - 08:09 am
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DE Gaul was a arrogant horses patoot! It's a shame so many American's died liberating a country that virtually hates America. Our greatest generation was just that but the troops we have today fall into that same vein. We should pull out of the UN and form alliances with our true allies only and let the rest defend themselves.

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Jake 06/06/14 - 08:38 am
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To me D-Day showed the willingness of the United States and it's allies to co-operate in a common goal of defeating the Nazi tyranny that had it's grip on Europe. English and Canadian troops, along with the French Resistance fighters, were right along side of the Americans in this historic and unprecedented invasion of western Europe.
Some relish the idea of bringing current political opinion into just about every topic but what happened on June 6, 1944 is about bravery, duty and sacrifice of the men and women who participated in that historic event.

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deestafford 06/06/14 - 08:56 am
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It's interesting to note that the French people in northern...

It's interesting to note that the French people in northern France still love the Americans and remember what they did for them during the War.

They have a system whereby different individuals have adopted American soldiers graves and are responsible for the upkeep and placing of flags and memorials on each one. The rememberances done by the people of the Northern part of France and Europe are very well organized and sad to say much unknown by us here in America.

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willie7 06/06/14 - 12:09 pm
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Reagan, a true American??
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Reagan, a true American?? deestafford, Reagan was an actor, period .Played the role of president and enjoyed it.

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nocnoc 06/06/14 - 02:12 pm
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My Uncle is buried in France

When our family went to visit in 1968.
The French people showed more respect for our dead than a lot of
elected US officials.

The French Cemetery attendant knew right where the grave was without looking at book or map. It happened to be his section to maintain and keep clean.

He also knew how and where he died in France.

and he was NOT CHEWING GUM.

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deestafford 06/06/14 - 05:45 pm
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This is merely another example of Obama's....

This is merely another example of Obama's classlessness. The man has no respect for anything but himself and Islam. I bet he would not have done that during a Muslim ceremony.

I bet his apologists will say he's trying to quit smoking and that he was chewing nicrorest or whatever it's called.

Remember this is the same man who slid on his butt across the counter of a fast food restaurant in DC while jiving for the young workers.

No respect for the office or what it stands for. He continues to act as if he is an immature frat boy smoking dope in the frat house at night.

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corgimom 06/06/14 - 07:18 pm
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I'd rather have a President

I'd rather have a President chewing gum (which he would need to keep his mouth moist, that's not unusual) than a President with Alzheimer's, like we did with Reagan, who got so bad that he couldn't answer questions put to him and got confused reading a Teleprompter.

But nobody likes to talk about that. It was criminal, how he was allowed to stay in office and how Nancy Reagan and his staff covered it up.

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corgimom 06/06/14 - 07:22 pm
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Dee Stafford, let me explain

Dee Stafford, let me explain this to you.

Older people- like us- are set in our beliefs. We aren't going to change anything that we believe in.

But young people- those workers will remember, all of their lives, meeting the President and how he did something so human and likeable. What candidates do you think they will vote for, for the rest of their lives?

He is a sharp, shrewd, politician.

And that is why the Republicans have lost the last two elections and are on the road to losing more, if they don't WAKE UP and stop living in the past.

The Dems already outnumber the Republicans, and they are much more in tune with younger voters, who will be voting far longer than you or me. The Dems are smart, smart, smart, and that's how they win elections.

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Jake 06/06/14 - 08:31 pm
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This just in…..

….A person, who wants to remain anonymous, was standing near Pres Obama during the D-Day ceremony and clearly heard a fart. This was not just an ordinary breaking of the wind but one that had the stench of either hummus or tabouli on it. As we all know these are middle eastern foods which thus prove that our commander in chief is a muslim plant. An Augusta Chronicle Editorial will follow up on this act of treasonous flatulence tomorrow, I'm sure.

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carcraft 06/06/14 - 10:26 pm
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Lol got confused reading a

Lol got confused reading a television prompter ? There are probable about 6 or 7 videos on You tube of Obama flubbing reading a tele prompter! My favorite is where he has the operator scrolling up and down to find his place. Reagan had an excuse, what's Obama's BWAHAHAHAHA

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carcraft 06/06/14 - 10:55 pm
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Reagan senile had more to

Reagan senile had more to offer than Obama full functional. Obama hasn't staked out a coherent position on ANY thing from Syria to the debt ceiling,to the use of military power. It is criminal how the lame stream media has covered for the incompetent boob Obama!

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carcraft 06/06/14 - 10:56 pm
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It's a good thing Obama

It's a good thing Obama really isn't a boob, the kid would starve!

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