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Thank you for posting this. And thank you to those men who were left behind so many years ago, taken from the world right at their prime. Tragic.

Yesterday I mentioned to some people at work that today would be the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and some of the reactions were really surprising. Especially from those under age 25. A few of them looked at me as if I'd just exclaimed that my mom was abducted by aliens and that I am, in fact, an alien-human hybrid.... Turns out they just didn't know much about D-Day. They proceeded to tell me that their high school history classes spent only about ONE WEEK on World War 2!!! I was speechless.

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With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.


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Also, can't resist sharing this video, since I know many people here would enjoy it as much as I did. CBS just uploaded it yesterday: CBS Reports (1964): "D-Day Plus 20 Years - Eisenhower Returns to Normandy" 

It's 90 minutes of Cronkite interviewing Eisenhower as they visit many of the famous Normandy landmarks. (Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Sainte-Mere-Eglise, cemeteries, etc.) I've read a pretty good amount about D-Day and the subsequent push through France, but I still learned some interesting things... and also saw some footage I'd never seen before, despite having watched probably hundreds of WW2 documentaries.

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18 hours ago, 3j2m7 said:

Glory to a solid pillar of CM !!

Ohhh silly of me...yes is true Dday is the meaning...dont have my place here on this forum, anyway I don't exist here sorry to disturb your read Gentlemen...

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