D-Day Plus 60

This June 6th we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the allied landings on France's Normandy coast, the largest amphibious assault in history. It was the supreme effort of World War Two, the forces of freedom and democracy launching themselves at Hitler's 'Fortress Europe', one that led to the defeat of the Axis powers. Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles characterized our enemy in terms that have a familiar ring:  'We realized Hitler had a plan to conquer the world (employing) guile and deceit, later by fire and sword; (that) no evil has been too monstrous for him, no infamy too vile.'  And so we pause to remember that day when uncommon valor was a common virtue: when glider—borne and parachuting infantry descended from darkened skies into immortality;  when Navy Scouts in 36 foot boats shepherded landing craft flotillas to the beaches, remaining to provide what cover fire they could, and to rescue floundering infantrymen and others needing assistance; when...(Read Full Article)