Nearly 200,000 personnel were involved with the attack. Thousands of soldiers died risking the invasion so that hundreds of thousands more could push back the Nazis and end World War II. The invasion had been planned for months to insure its success. The success was solidified by the support America gave our troops.
America didn’t want to be in WW2. But everyone realized there was no way to stay out of. The continued freedom of America meant the continued freedom of the world, and we knew that allowing Germany and Japan to trample those freedoms meant the inevitable end of the world, and America, as we knew it. Americans pulled together and did what had to be done to fight the tyranny.
Between 1942 and 1945, many factories stopped manufacturing commercial goods and converted to supporting the army. General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and Willies (Jeep) didn’t build a single passenger car during those years…they built tanks, planes, ships, munitions and Jeeps that we necessary to win the war. People here in America sacrificed goods and time for the war effort. Gas and food was rationed, and people rolled with it. They bought war bonds to help pay for the effort. They wrote and performed music that was uplifting and supported the armed forces, and made movies that did the same. Why? Because it was the right thing to do, because we were all united against a clear enemy. Hell, the Nazis and the Japanese were so damned bad that we actually had Communist Russia as our allies! And Americans hate Communism!
65 years later, the only Nazis who still exist are a handful of extremists who use the Swastika as a lame excuse to spread hatred. The Japanese are our best friends now, known for prosperity, well-made cars and electronics, not for military might or Imperialist ventures. America is divided on how we should handle our real enemies, terrorist organizations. We’re divided because unlike D-Day, there’s no clear path to finding and suppressing these enemies. But the spirit should remain the same. I thank God that America has the strongest armed forces in the world. I thank the soldiers who keep me safe, who are willing to sacrifice their lives so that I can walk on the beach or have a drink at the Tiki Bar in freedom. And I believe in America – even with its problems – the greatest country on earth.
Interesting D-Day Links:
–I drive a vintage Cadillac and a Chevy. My wife drives a Honda but I don’t hold it against her because she bought it from a local, American-owned dealership. My Sax was engineered in France and built in China, but I bought it from a supplier in New York. I drink liquor from Scotland that’s imported through NJ and buy gas that was pumped from the middle east and refined in Texas. The computer I’m typing this on was invented in California and built in Taiwan, then sold to me by an American owned company in Florida. This is America. We can make our economy as strong as we want if we believe in the system and make it work.