Shame on ABC news and every other news network who didn't remember or just don't care. It wouldn't surprise me if the liberal media chose to ignore the significance of this day. They're so hyped over this stupid 6-6-06 thing (which by the way means NOTHING in the biblical sense), the media neglected to mention the HISTORICAL significance of June 6th.
They neglected to remind people that 156,000 allied troops landed in Normandy.
They neglected to remind people that 11,590 aircraft were used to support the landings.
They neglected to remind people that the allies flew 14,674 sorties, and that 127 were lost.
They neglected to remind people that in the airborne landings on both flanks of the beaches, 2395 aircraft and 867 gliders of the RAF and USAAF were used.
They neglected to remind people that Operation Neptune (which took place the day before to get the men in place) included 1213 naval combat ships, 4126 landing ships and landing craft, 736 ancillary craft and 864 merchant vessels, as well as 195,700 allied personnel.
They neglected to remind people that by the end of the day on 11 June 1944, five days after the invasion, 326,547 troops, 54,186 vehicles and 104,428 tons of supplies had been landed.
They neglected to remind people that in the two months prior to D-Day, the Allied air forces lost nearly 12,000 men and over 2,000 aircraft in operations leading to the invasion.
They neglected to remind people that casualties estimated at about 10,000 including 2500 who were killed.
They neglected to remind people that in June 1944, the Navy lost 24 warships and 35 merchantmen or auxiliaries, and another 120 vessels were damaged.
They neglected to remind people that during the Battle of Normandy which lasted from June 6 - August 25, 1944, over 425,000 Allied and German troops were killed, wounded or went missing. This includes over 209,000 Allied casualties, with nearly 37,000 dead amongst the ground forces and a further 16,714 deaths amongst the Allied air forces.
They neglected to remind people that roughly 200,000 German troops were killed or wounded, and that some 200,000 prisoners of war were captured.
They neglected to remind people that twenty-seven war cemeteries hold the remains of over 110,000 dead from both sides: 77,866 German, 9386 American, 17,769 British, 5002 Canadian and 650 Poles.
They neglected to remind people that between 15,000 and 20,000 French civilians were killed, mainly as a result of Allied bombing. Thousands more fled their homes to escape the fighting.
June 6, 1944 was the day that Operations Overlord and Neptune were put into action. It was, in fact, the day that changed the course of the war.
Had it not been for the ingenious planning of military generals and admirals and the service of brave soldiers, sailors and airmen willing to put their lives on the line for FREEDOM, you and I would likely not be here today.
"They came, rank after relentless rank, ten lanes wide, twenty miles across, five thousand ships of every description. There were fast new attack transports, slow rust-scarred freighters, small ocean liners, Channel steamers, hospital ships, weather-beaten tankers, coaster and swarms of fussing tugs. There were endless columns of shallow-draft landing ships-great wallowing vessels, some of them almost 350 feet long. ... Ahead of the convoys were processions of mine sweepers, Coast Guard cutters, buoy-layers and motor launches. Barrage balloons flew above the ships. Squadrons of fighter planes weaved below the clouds. And surrounding this fantastic cavalcade of ships packed with men, guns, tanks, motor vehicles and supplies, ... was a formidable array 702 warships."
...Cornelius Ryan, author of The Longest Day
We cannot forget the sacrifices made for our freedom.
The very people who refuse to admit that sometimes war must be fought to preserve freedom, who jump on their bandwagon about how terrible our country is and that our troops are nothing more than murderers, are able to speak those words without repercussion because the very people they degrade and belittle fought for their right to do so.
I don't care whether or not you think we should be in Iraq. I don't care whether or not you like President Bush. I don't care whether or not you're a Democrat or Republican.
If you're an American or if you live in a democratic and free country in this world, you owe it to the military and civilian veterans of D-Day and all the wars of World War II and to the memory of all those who died in those battles, not to take the freedom you have for granted. If you forget, it could easily happen again and freedom might not win this time.