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Normandy & Belmont - History by the Numbers

Wow! The images are so moving from Normandy, honoring The Greatest Generation, the Liberators of France in WWII! 

From the BBC: A spectacular Red Arrows display in Southsea and parachute drop in France came on the eve of the anniversary.

For those too young to recall or in case they missed it in History Class, this is the most memorable photograph of June 6, 1944 on Omaha Beach in Normandy. It is title "Into the Jaws of Death" and was taken by Chief Photographer's Mate (CPHoM) Robert F Sargent on the morning of that fateful day. Its sub-title is "US Troops wading through water and Nazi gunfire".  

The American suffered incredible losses and casualties, yet they overcame the damning odds and soon liberated France from the Germans. Some have said this day, June 6, 1944, utlimately saved the world...not just from the Nazis, but also the Communists of the USSR.

Here is a Statement from the Minister of Veterans Affairs, Marking the 70th Annic=versary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy


NORMANDY, France, June 6, 2014 /CNW/ - On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today issued the following statement:

"It is both a great privilege and humbling experience to stand alongside Veterans of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, as we reflect upon what took place along the shores of France. Together, we pay respects to their fallen comrades and celebrate the monumental achievements of their generation.

"On June 6, 1944, Canada and her Allies dared to attempt the seemingly impossible. They bravely landed on the heavily defended shores of Normandy, and with great vision and perseverance, forever changed the course of history.

"Many of the more than 25,000 Canadian soldiers, sailors and airmen who joined the Allied forces in such a formidable task that day were young heading into the war. But with skill and resolve, they often helped lead the Allied advance. Success in this campaign ultimately was a pivotal step in finally achieving Victory in Europe in May 1945.

"Today, our nations have returned together to honour those who served here and to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Generations of Canadians have been beneficiaries of the freedom and opportunity that those selfless men and women fought to achieve. Today, led by our Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Canada has returned once more to express our endless gratitude, and to pledge that we will never forget them."

and here is Omaha Beach today, as tourists participate in Land Sailing Classes:

Thank you to all who served, and to all who gave their lives for freedom!

So 70 is the first number for today's History Lesson.

The next is possibly 36 - for 36 years since a Triple Crown Winner has won all three elite Horse Races: The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and The Belmont. Good luck California Chrome! The stars (and nose patches) seem aligned! May this be your day to make History, too! ...more


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NeillsDeals | June 8th 2014 at 1402243038

Sorry, California Chrome! We watched this race and were so pulling for you, as were most fans! To the untrained observer, but via HDTV, you got blocked by 3 others...which really appeared to be a set up to fix the race by the other riders. Their win and 2nd, 3rd places should have asterisks by their names.

In regards to the D-Day Anniversary, thank you to the friend who sent this link (which has been scanned by our diligent software and is safe) on Normandy Then and Now - 70 Years --Same places, significantly different imagery:

Also, we cannot find it, but caught it on the news about the time California Chrome lost his bid for Triple Crown History.... An alert went out in Great Britain earlier this week, when an 89-year old man went missing from a nursing home. He turned up safely in Normandy...where he proudly stood with his unit for the D-Day Ceremonies. God Bless him and all our WWII Veterans!!! May we all serve with true honor and distinction, and celebrate proudly our lives and accomplishments when we are 89!

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