The Normandy landing came to symbolize the magnitude of courage and sacrifice all of this entailed.
D Day truly was a battle for our way of life against an aggressor whose name remains the embodiment of evil. And every American, not just the men clambering onto a bloodied beach in France, played a part.
Unless we have a loved one in uniform or we regularly face TSA lines at airports post 9/11, we are largely untouched by 21st century wars in our day Air Max 90 Ultra Purple
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More than 4,400 Allied personnel about 2,500 Americans were killed. Thousands more were never the same.
Ask your parents and grandparents, and you're likely to learn of some ancestor who fought and perhaps died in World War II, or of what it was like to grow victory gardens and see Mom off to work instead of playing Harriet to Dad's Ozzie.
British World War II veteran Frederick Glover watches soldiers parachute during a D Day commemoration in Ranville, western France, Thursday, June 5, 2014. (Thomas Bregardis / AP, pool)Few Americans today are old enough to remember the acts of heroism that played out on Normandy beaches 70 years ago Friday. But the sacrifices made on D Day and during the war it has come to symbolize shaped our world and inspired a generation with national pride and sense of purpose.
Others will reflect on the most shameful legacy of the war on the home front: Japanese American internment, which particularly has scarred California.
Wars since then have been different the aims and the outcomes less clear, the effects on day to day life often imperceptible. D Day was both a shining and horrific moment in the history of the Western world. There has been nothing quite like it since.
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to day lives. During World War II there was real hardship at home virtually every home with shortages of food and other staples. Men and boys, lying about their ages, left for the front, and women took their place in factories making weapons the troops would wield and vessels that would carry them to battle, all the while keeping families together.
It is not a time anyone wants to repeat. But some who experienced the sense of common purpose and national pride in towns across the nation can be forgiven for waxing nostalgic. The United States may never have been so united.
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Television shows and online tributes in this anniversary month are painful to watch. One scene shows the Channel dotted with landing craft near a beach that appears from a distance to be heavily littered with logs and debris, until you realize you're looking at bodies.
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