Thanks to those who served, sacrificed

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To the editor:

Last Thursday, June 6, was the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. There was much coverage of the event nationally, and though I am a week late, I feel it is important that it be remembered and honored locally as well.

.In a time when the evil of Nazism was overrunning Europe, the military forces of America, Great Britain, and Canada stood up and were willing to sacrifice themselves for freedom and for the principles our countries stand for. In response to the threat, D-Day, or Operation Overlord, the largest amphibious invasion in history, was launched. In the pre-dawn hours, 23,000 paratroopers jumped out of planes into heavy fire. Many would not survive the jump. Over 14,000 bombing sorties were flown by 11,590 aircraft, and naval artillery bombarded the coastline. 6,939 naval vessels carried about 150,000 Allied soldiers to the five beaches of Normandy. American forces went to Utah and Omaha Beaches, British forces went to Gold and Utah Beaches and Canadian forces went to Juno Beach. The forces came under heavy fire, especially at Omaha Beach, but they carried on across beaches and up cliffs, where many lost their lives, to take out the Nazi installations so that more troops could follow them. As a result, within a year, France and Europe were liberated and the Nazis were defeated. These men were willing to sacrifice their safety, their hopes and dreams, and even their lives for the greater good, so that evil men and movements might be stopped and right might prevail.



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