Friday, June 6, 2014


Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day.  While this event occurred in my lifetime, I was too young to have any memory of what happened on this day. 

Ann McFeatters, a newspaper columnist, has written an article which appeared in our local Sunday newspaper.  She states, "But Normandy still stands as a synonym for courage, heroism and the best humans have to offer - making the supreme sacrifice to help others."

On the 50th anniversary, Bill Clinton was serving as president.  This is a quote from what he had to say on that occasion:  "Let us never forget, when they were young, these men saved the world."

While I do not come from a background of military service - with the exception of an uncle who served for a short time during World War II - and I've a nephew who is serving in the Air Force - I recognize the sacrifices made by those who serve our country in the military, and I'm grateful to them for their service.

This book has been on our shelves since it was first released.

The subject - those who served in World War II.

I think it is past time for me to become more familiar with what is inside the cover of this book!

I look forward to watching the coverage on television today of the special events marking this special anniversary.

Thank you for reading.  I really appreciate your comments.


  1. Yes, this is a most somber anniversary that we Americans should all honor, in my opinion. As the mother of your Air Force nephew, I am very much aware of the many sacrifices that our military must endure, even today. We are fortunate that he is in a non-combat position, but it is very much a teamwork effort these days, with every position necessary to ensure that our nation is able to maintain a position of strength in the world. His wife, our daughter-in-love, was able to visit Normandy a couple of years ago, and she posted some sobering pictures of the living quarters those soldiers had over there, as well as a first-hand photo of that massive cemetery. We must never forget what our brave men and women have done for us. Thank you for this tribute today, Sister!

  2. I have actually heard great things about that book. Have you seen Saving Private Ryan? One of my most favorite movies of all-time!

  3. I've been following the celebrations on TV and we owe a lot to those poor brave soldiers who saved the world. May we never forget them.

    I'd hate to think what would have happened if evil would have won.

    Have a nice weekend. It's raining here.

  4. One of the things that I did was to find all of these books about that day and use them in our class room.
    My grand parents served in these wars and while loving men, they suffered terribly from things that happened on these days. I think it always colors my vision of it and my heart always feels so sad for the young men who never made it home.
    It was a moment in history that we still feel the pain.

  5. What a thoughtful post, Nellie. I too have heard wonderful things about that book. I think I may have a copy around here somewhere. And, I too look forward to watching the coverage on TV today. Thank you so much for sharing, Nellie...

    P.S. Yes, I AM back from Idaho but won't be posting 'til Sunday:)

  6. An excellent post Nellie!
    We shall never forget!

  7. A thoughtful and heartfelt post. Thanks for showing us the book.
    I wish you a nice weekend.

  8. I'm ashamed to admit, but I forgot until I read your post. Also goes to show how much news I've been watching!

    Thanks for the reminder!!


  9. A great post, Nellie to honor those who served. Several of my uncles fought in WWII, and Bill's too; all in the Philippines, Germany, France and Italy, but unfortunately not one of them would talk about it. Bill served in Germany in the 60's and I joined him. I'll never forget all the buildings that were damaged in WWII and still not repaired after 20 years, not to mention Dachau, etc. We are indebted to all who served.

  10. Great post, Nellie, and we do NOT need to EVER forget D-Day...

    I have a blog friend (Denise) who, along with her hubby, have taken his father to Normandy for today's event (since her FIL fought at Normandy).. He is one of the Greatest Generation.


  11. Nellie, I am going to watch that Tom Brokow special tonight. I am thankful for all the young men who 70 years ago..came to the aide of the world. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  12. Probably a book we should all read.

  13. Oh, READ that book! It's wonderful. There's a second one, too, about the people back home, that is equally good.

    Great post!

  14. Thank you for remembering, Nellie. I watched a special on TV this morning and it was very touching. I think it is sad that there is not more credit given to our military on a daily basis. They so deserve everything we give them. xo Diana

  15. Great post. I watched Ronald Reagan's speech for the 40th anniversary of D-Day and cried through most of it. A brilliant and moving speech.
    Beautiful day here. Barbecue with friends this afternoon. Have a great weekend.

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