Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day

D-Day landing scenes in 1944 and now.

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the landing of Allied forces in Normandy, which was the beginning the liberation of France and the invasion of Nazi Germany from the west.

My e-mail pen pal Jack Clontz sent me this link to an interactive archive from The Guardian newspaper showing photos of the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944, and the same locations today.

I stand in awe of the bravery of the soldiers who landed on open beaches without protection from the heavy fire of German machine guns and artillery in the overlooking hills.  I remember the opening scene of the movie, Saving Private Ryan, and the comment of a D-Day veteran that the movie did not convey even a fraction of what the experience was like.

I dimly remember listening to news of D-Day on the radio with my parents.  It seems odd to think that it is almost as far in the past as Lee’s Surrender at Appomattox was from 1936, the year I was born.

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