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D-DAY: JUNE 6, 1944


By Attorney Rees Lloyd
June 7, 2013

Today, June 6, 2013, is the 69th anniversary of a day, and a date, that should live in history and the minds of all generations of Americans as a true milestone of liberty: D-Day, June 6, 1944,

On that day the citizen soldiers of America, and allied nations, landed on the shores of Normandy in France. By their bravery and sacrifice they turned the tide of war against the totalitarian National Workers Socialist Party (NAZI) of Adolf Hitler who had conquered all of Europe.

Hitler was convinced, and had convinced most of the western world, that his Fortress Europe could turn back and defeat any attempt to invade by sea. So confident were the NAZI socialists that their top generals, including Erwin Rommel, the "Desert Fox" who had gained famed in the African campaign, were elsewhere. Rommel himself was on leave in Germany, when the invasion was launched from Great Britain for Normandy, and not Calais, which the Nazi's thought would be the point of invasion if one were made.

But Rommel had overseen the NAZI's military arrangement of massive armaments to defeat any attempt to invade: The beaches at Normandy, with cross-fire patterns established by Rommel, were, indeed, "killing fields," prepared for slaughter.

On D-Day, June 6, 1944, there was great doubt the invasion could succeed. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander, actually wrote in his own hand a statement to be made should the battle be lost. In it, in contrast to this era, he did not proclaim that as Supreme Commander he would take responsibility for the defeat—and tthen add that it really wasn't his fault as he didn't know what had happened and the invasion was just too big for him to know what was happening in all of the many aspects for which he was technically in charge.

Instead, General Eisenhower wrote that if the invasion was lost, it was entirely his fault, without excuses, and not the fault of his subordinate officers or the soldiers who fought it.

After writing that, Eisenhower issued a simple order, "OK, let's go!," which launched the largest amphibious landing in history.

Some 175,000 soldiers, sailors, marines, air corps and coast guard members of America, Britain, Canada, free France, Poland, and other nations, participated in the allied invasion at Normandy France.

It was accomplished at a terrible cost. There were almost 5,000 casualties on that single day. The sea ran red with blood, as did the sands on which the wounded, the dying and the dead, lie at beaches designated Omaha, Utah, and Gold.

It can truly be said that without the bravery and sacrifice of that WWII generation of Americans, we Americans, would not be free today. We would be but the serfs of socialism under the brand of Hitler's National Socialist Workers Party mouthing political platitudes of social justice being achieved under a messiah, Adolf Hitler.

The D-Day invasion has been immortalized by many books, key among them historian Steven Ambrose's now classic "D-Day," followed by his "Citizen Soldiers," which tells the story of the long march across Europe from that first Day at Normandy, June 6, 2044, D-Day. There are scores of movies, not least "Saving Private Ryan."

But the question to ask on the 69th Anniversary is, how many Americans will remember D-Day, June 6, 1944, on June 6, 2013? How many of us will remember today that we are the heirs of freedom purchased for us by the blood of the 400,000 members of the WWII Generation who gave their lives for freedom, and the 16,000,000 veterans of that war – many of whom are still wiith us, though we are losing them at the rate of some 1,500 a day.

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Abraham Lincoln once observed: "Show me what the children are being taught in the schools in America today, and I will show you the kind of government America will have in the next generation."

What will the government teachers in the government schools of America teach American children today about D-Day, June 6, 1944, when freedom was in grave doubt and Hitlerian socialism dominant throughout Europe, and Great Britain being battered but refusing to submit?

Will the children be taught that their freedom has been purchased for them by the courage and bravery of American veterans who fought, hundreds of thousands of whom died, beginning at Normandy Beach on June 6, 1944, so that Americans might be free?

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Rees Lloyd, a one time ACLU staff attorney, is the co-founder and director of the Defense of Veterans Memorial Project of the American Legion Dept. of California, and a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.

A longtime civil rights attorney and veterans activist whose work has been honored by, among others, the California Senate and Assembly, and numerous civil rights, workers rights, and veterans rights organizations. He has testified as a constitutional expert at hearings before the U.S. House and Senate representing The American Legion.

He has been profiled, and his work featured, by such varied print media as the Los Angeles Times and American Legion Magazine, and such broadcast media as ABC's Nightline and 20/20, Fox News In The Morning, and, among others, by Hannity. His writings have appeared in a variety of national, regional, and local newspaper, magazine, and other publications. He is a frequent radio commentator, and a sought after speaker.*

[*For identification only. The views expressed here are solely Rees Lloyd's and not necessarily any person, entity or organization he may otherwise represent. ]









Abraham Lincoln once observed: "Show me what the children are being taught in the schools in America today, and I will show you the kind of government America will have in the next generation."