72nd Anniversary of #DDay

Trigger Warning:
The Greatest Generation...
Seventy-two years ago today Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy and other locations across Europe.  Hundreds of thousands of men, some barely old enough to shave, embarked on the largest coordinated attack in history in an effort to liberate Europe from the clutches of fascist tyranny.  These men filed into their planes and boats knowing that success was far from certain.  Many of them did not come home.

It's hard to find the right words to honor the sacrifice the men of the Greatest Generation made on that day.  Instead of fumbling around myself, I'll let the words of Ronald Reagan speaking at the 40th anniversary of D-Day honor these men once again:
It is a sad fact that the men and women that sacrificed to save the world from tyranny during World War 2 are slowly but surely leaving us.  Very soon the last of these brave souls will be called home.  We must remember them each and every year.  We must remember what they sacrificed, and especially WHY they sacrificed.  Ensuring that tyranny never again gains ascendancy is the best way to honor their memory.

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