Reader view: Remembering D-Day, June 6, 1944

Edmonds resident Linda Mae shared this photo of her father and uncle, ages 20 and 22, who made it home after World War II.

D-Day, today, is the 76th anniversary of the Allied Landing on the beaches of Normandy. The Allied Forces launched the greatest combination of sea, land, and air power in history as they headed for Normandy.

June 6, 1944 — 4,414 Allied deaths, 2,501 were Americans and 1,913 were Allies. Most of these deaths were men under 27 years old, their children and grandchildren are alive today. The casualties including wounded and missing top over 10,000. This does not even include the deaths of the German soldiers, which are estimated to be between 4,000 to 9,000.

Today thousands are marching on Washington, D.C., they have their children, they are riding their bicycles. History is not taught in our schools as seriously as it once was. I am reminded today of the great loss of life 76 years ago, and it is hardly mentioned. The thousands that showed up today to march throughout the country probably have no idea what happened 76 years ago.

How can we celebrate today’s sacrifices and deaths without reflecting on our history and the men who gave their lives so that we can march in protest, and celebrate our freedoms 75 years later? You will have no future, if you forget your history!

— By Linda Mae

 

15 Replies to “Reader view: Remembering D-Day, June 6, 1944”

  1. This is a wonderful reflection on our country’s history and an important reminder of all our parents/ grandparents have fought for so that we may be free! Thank you for keeping this in the forefront!

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  2. This barely made the news anywhere, thank you for your patriotism and bringing this to the attention of those, who may have either forgotten, or never knew of these sacrifices. There is no excuse that this 75th Anniversary was not showcased everywhere, in every publication, in every state of the USA. Thank you Linda Mae and MEN for printing.

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      1. So, it is now the 76th Anniversary…….. what changes in a year Ron? It still was not mentioned yesterday until last night when Linda Mae’s “Readers View” appeared, and for that we are thankful and appreciative. It should be honored EVERY year. As there are kids, grands, and greatgrands that need to be reminded and they need to do the reminding. We appreciated the reminder, watching the protest and the freedom to do so due to the sacrifices of brave men “76” years ago. Our father also served in the Pacific Theatre.

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        1. Martin’s comments included “There is no excuse that this 75th Anniversary was not showcased everywhere, in every publication, in every state of the USA. ” That’s what I was correcting – I was not inferring that D-Day shouldn’t be recognized every year as you are insinuating.

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      1. It was my error, not yours Teresa. Thank you for printing my view about D-Day, it is nonetheless an important date and should always be commemorated, as you have graciously let me do so in my own words albeit 76th Anniversary of D-Day instead of 75.

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  3. Thanks, Linda Mae!

    In an historical context, and not for a moment to detract from D Day, at the other side of the globe, admirals Spruance and Mitcher were squaring up to defeat the Japanese fleet in the Marianas, which reached is climax 13 days later, on the 19th., with what came to be known as “the Marianas Turkey Shoot.” It was pretty much the end of Japan as an effective naval threat, and another “beginning of the end.”

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  4. Great historical context to add. Nathaniel, you really have touched me today as my dad (the young marine in the photo, also a drill instructor who raised me) always used to say “it will be a Turkey Shoot”, and I never knew why; I can literally hear his voice say it now. I now know where and why he got the term. Sincere “Bittersweet” memories, thank you.

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    1. You’re very welcome, and thanks for the kind words and the story. I’m of a generation that just missed the war (my brother remembered it), but I grew up with so many family members, teachers, family friends who were part of it, that it seems almost like a memory. They were an incredible generation.

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  5. Linda Mae,
    The smile on the faces in the photo of your father and uncle speak volumes about what the nation went through during World War II and how happy the country was to be victorious. In no way am I going to detract from their sacrifice. I visited Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword Beaches. I walked through Allied cemeteries in France. I looked down from the cliffs at Point Du Hoc. Your photo is indeed priceless.
    This being said, we need to keep in mind that the world changes. Those marching in the streets today are demostrating for freedom and justice. Citizens of color who bore arms or contributed to the industrial war effort were denied access to the funds available after the war for federally guaranteed home mortgages. Their ancestors were denied access to the western lands made available in the Homestead Act. Then there were other ancestors who were promised 40 acres and a mule, but the program was never funded and Jim Crow denied any chance for its succes even with funding. White people dressed up in their Sunday best to attend lynchings of black people.
    I agree that too many citizens do not know well our country’s history. Why is this? Local and state boards of education determine schools’ curricula. These committees are often elected officials. They determine which textbooks the classrooms use. They are the ones who argue if physics should be based on creationism or science, whether or not there is a civics course, a Black History Department. Yours, Linda Mae, and my parents elected these people, as did you and I. Did we teach our children the history missing at school? I would not give myself an A Grade on that one.
    Now we have people in the State of Maine demonstrating for our President while holding the Confederate flag. Do they know that Union infantrymen from Maine, at great loss of life, helped turn the Battle of Gettysburg in the Union’s favor at Little Round Top? Did the neo-Nazis at Charlottesville in 2017 know who and why we were fighting on D-Day?
    George Floyd did not deserve to die the way he did. Citizens whose relatives fought for this country are finally realizing this. They have the hard-fought right to demonstrate their displeasure, thanks to those who stormed ashore in Normandy on June 6, 1944. I for one am glad that they are out on the streets taking advantage of freedoms that D-Day ensured.

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  6. This is an interesting side-note to the original D-Day post. It looks like facts and keeping history alive runs in the family. Son-in-laws design blog is most interesting, I couldn’t stop reading his very interesting posts on different subjects, quite the humorist. I will be sharing this with our two sons who are in the “design” business.

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