Published: Fri, June 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Fortenberry, Fischer part of Nebraska delegation in France for D-Day

Fortenberry, Fischer part of Nebraska delegation in France for D-Day

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings at Normandy, France.

Parachutists are leaping over Normandy all yet again, factual as infantrymen did 75 years within the past for D-Day nonetheless this time is mighty more silent.

"It's very important to me and other veterans that there should be a place like this where people can come and reflect because we're not going to be around for much longer to tell the story, and the story needs to be told because people need to learn lessons from it".

President Trump reminded Americans how extraordinary a sacrifice was made that day 75 years ago.

On the eve of the anniversary, Macron evoked the spirit of D-Day to speak of the modern need for multilateralism and global cooperation, an area where the United States and its European allies have been increasingly at odds during Trump's administration. Standing in the royal box at the ceremony on Southsea Common overlooking one of the main embarkation points for the landings, the Queen paid tribute to the wartime generation. It will include a dedication ceremony, a historical exhibit representing all military branches, period singers, re-enactors, and a screening of the 1962 film "The Longest Day".

Speaking at Juno Beach where 14,000 Canadians landed, Trudeau said they "took a gamble the world had never seen before".

At daybreak, a lone piper played in Mulberry Harbor, exactly 75 years after British troops came ashore at Gold Beach.

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It took Radford several years to write it all down and a long time to sing it in public because it was "a powerful recollection" for him, he said.

In the ensuing Battle of Normandy, 73,000 Allied forces were killed and 153,000 wounded. Believe it or not, a Nazi doctor saved his life.

And to those who lost loved ones, friends and brothers in arms, I pray that our heavenly father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost. "Extended family", said Levine.

Yet somehow, due to planning and preparation, and due to the valor, fidelity, fortitude and sacrifice of the allied forces, fortress Europe and Hitler's Atlantic Wall had been breached.

US veterans are invariably impressed by what French youngsters still know about their feats, their undying gratitude, while many are wistful that those stories resonate less and less among American youths where they live. He died a day later. The American was dropped into Normandy with thousands of other paratroopers in 1944 and recalled it as "the worst jump I ever had".

There are more than 9,000 Americans buried in Normandy from the bloody battles.

The commemoration, which was also attended by more than 300 veterans, included an hour-long production explaining the events of D-Day, including theatrical performances, and a fly-past by Spitfires and the Red Arrows aerobatics display team.

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