Today is the 69th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France. I have written of my admiration for the veterans that I have met and corresponded with ...W. S. Connor, rescued from the Leopoldville who went on to fight in the Battle of the Bulge... Louie Zamperini, Japanese POW Survivor and inspirational Christian speaker, and Benjamin Purcell, vet from World War II, Korean War and Vietnam. I remember a veteran telling me that you might read of the thousands and thousands of ships that made up the armada on D-Day but when you actually SAW them and the sight of the ships were AS FAR AS THE EYE COULD SEE, then it was an overwhelming feeling of pride and awe. Before the troops landed on shore, the paratroopers had parachuted during the night before, starting just after midnight. If you notice from my profile, I was born in Toccoa, Georgia, which is where the army paratroopers, the 101st Airborne, were trained. You might remember them from " Band of Brothers" which was a mini-series from 2001 on HBO. Did you know that the actors who portrayed these men actually called them and asked their advice as they were filming? Dick Winters was flown into England so as to give his input in the filming! (You really MUST know the name Dick Winters!) "Band of Brothers" is very true to the book written by Stephen Ambrose and I would recommend them both to you. Most of these soldiers have died now and it is thought that in six years all of the veterans from World War II will be gone. I will never forget them.
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