June 6th D-Day

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156,000 soldiers landed on Omaha, Utah, Gold, Sword and Juno beaches to reclaim Europe from Nazi Germany on June 6th, 1944. Thousands would give their all on this day, Canadians, British, French and Americans. It was the one day in the early part of June that had clear enough weather the Allies could actually attempt the landing, and an attempt it was. The Germans had built up the beach defenses to an extreme and though the Allies were fairly sure they could hold some of the beaches it really was done on a hope and a prayer. The landings were preceded by parachute drops and the resistance causing as much havoc as they could. The landing, requested by the Russian, did succeed however and it was the beginning of the end for the Third Reich.

How to celebrate – Remember all those who served in World War 2 (there aren’t many left). Visit the beaches where many of the wrecks have been left reminding us of the day. Read a book written from those who survived the day.

November 11th Veteran’s Day

We don’t owe much to our Veterans… we owe them everything. We owe them our country, our freedom and our lives. So do many other countries. Today we honor their service to us and those that gave their lives so that we didn’t have to.

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Veteran’s Day started out as Armistice Day, the Day both the United Kingdom and United States buried the Unknown Soldier on November 11th at 11:11 AM in 1921. Since then there have been more Unknown Soldiers than any of us would care to acknowledge but we should, they died for us. In 1954 President Eisenhower changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day, honoring both those who died in service and those still living.

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War has existed since man learned how to walk, evil has driven the power hungry beyond the point of reason, greed has driven the sane insane. The only thing that keeps the world from blowing up is the men and women who actually blow things up.

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But they also heal, build and comfort those in need. We should always honor our Veterans because they have always honored us. They do not ask you to do all the things they do, they just get the job done when no one else can.

How to celebrate – Thank a Veteran for the service they have given. Visit the Arlington Cemetery. Attend a Veterans Day ceremony.

May 8th V.E. Day

Today marks the end of the war in Europe, May 8th, 1945. The actual day was supposed to be May 9th but when the press caught wind of the day the U.S. and U.K. decided to change the date to the 8th. Russia has kept the date of May 9th originally set.

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The Third Reich had started the war in the 1930’s, it is no doubt one of the darkest times in history. The destruction in Europe and the loss of life still leaves it’s mark on society. Bombed out buildings and destroyed relics of the Normandy invasion still show themselves, some on purpose, some still under repair even nearly 70 years later.

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War always shows the best of man, and the worst, the heroes and the criminals, the victims and those who profit from war. Germany, and her allies, actually surrendered on May 2nd but it took time to reach the troops in the field and to arrest those involved in the atrocities associated with war.

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The war itself raged on with those fighting against Japan but without Germany Japan was soon to fall. We now are losing many of those veterans that fought to preserve freedom. The saddest part of that is that we as a people tend to forget the causes and effects of the war, tending to make us repeat those same mistakes.

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There should be no place for tyranny  or greed in the world but as long as man occupies the Earth there will be. Let us hope that here will also be the heroes to bring it to an end as well.

How to celebrate – Thank any veteran, not only of world war 2 but of any war, you may see for their service and sacrifice. Study the reasons for war so that you can at least try to help prevent future attrocities. Visit Europe and see the scares left behind.