We remember D-Day – 77 years later
Jun. 7, 2021 PLYMOUTH VOICE.
Plymouth Michigan News
On the 77th anniversary of D-Day we remember.
On D-Day, June 6, 1944, more than 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of the French coastline code-named Omaha, Utah, Juno, Sword and Gold, carried by 7,000 boats. They were there on the Nazi occupied Normandy shore to fight for liberty.
On that day, 4,414 Allied troops lost their lives, 2,501 of them Americans. More than 5000 were wounded.
Their bravery and sacrifice changed the world.
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “We will accept nothing less than full victory.”
May their courageous service never be forgotten.
Transcript – Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Order of the Day, June 6, 1944.
Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!
You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is will trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.
But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!
I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!
Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.
Photo: Robert Capa / Time